[JN] Tiny Torrid Whindage!

Alan Marcy tubegardenia at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 07:10:29 CST 2021


Got it.

On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 8:26 PM John Day <daysabroad at gmail.com> wrote:

> The same words can mean different things in different times and contexts.
> "Decimated"is an example of that. Decreased by either 10% or 90%.
>
> John-giving-an-inch
>
> On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 5:12 PM Alan Marcy via Sound <sound at soundlist.org>
> wrote:
>
>> I missed a nine yard hole, is it Friday, yet?
>>
>> @1
>>
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 5:04 PM Philip Yates via Sound <
>> sound at soundlist.org> wrote:
>>
>>> Crap, now my whole day is RUINED. ;-)
>>>
>>> Phil
>>>
>>> On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 4:58 PM Christian Rintelen <christian at rintelen.ch>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> hey, that is a very nice explanation for the etymology of «the whole
>>>> nine yards».
>>>>
>>>> and you’re not the only one who thinks so, as this nice discussion
>>>> <https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,,-16675,00.html> in
>>>> the guardian proves.
>>>>
>>>> however, according to wikipedia
>>>> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_whole_nine_yards>,  the earliest
>>>> published non-idiomatic use of the phrase dates back to a 1855 indiana
>>>> newspaper article. the earliest idiomatic use is documented in a 1907,
>>>> again in indiana. these indiana instances are the ugly flies in the
>>>> ointment as there were no fighters or bombers equipped with 50 caliber
>>>> machine guns neither in 1907 nor in 1855…
>>>>
>>>> to quote wikipedia again:  Yale University librarian Fred R.
>>>> Shapiro calls the whole nine yards "the most prominent etymological riddle
>>>> of our time". at least that!
>>>>
>>>> sorry to rain on your parade  🤓
>>>>
>>>> ©
>>>> _ _ _
>>>> aka christian rintelen
>>>>
>>>> Am 04.02.2021 um 23:24 schrieb Philip Yates via Sound <
>>>> sound at soundlist.org>:
>>>>
>>>> 1/2" = 12.7 mm, you know, the calibre of the Browning machine guns used
>>>> in so many of the WWII fighters and bombers? :-)  The ammo boxes held 9
>>>> yards of ammunition, hence, giving someone or something "the whole nine
>>>> yards."
>>>>
>>>> Phil
>>>>
>>>> On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 3:52 PM bear via Sound <sound at soundlist.org>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> Yeah they make 'em so they can wind down to SMT size!!
>>>>
>>>> I've got one that will do down to ~1/2" , which is some large fraction
>>>> of what
>>>> you call a Centimeter?
>>>>
>>>>                      _-_-bear
>>>>
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