the whole nine yards

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Nov 7 20:37:20 UTC 2010

Especially interesting because it places the expression in the Great Plains
in the '40s: that tends to corroborate Gordon Cooper's unique 2000
recollection of "the whole six yards," which I posted on October 9, 2009.

They could both be wrong, of course.  The Kansas claim, however, is nicely
circumstantial and cautiously expressed, FWTW.


On Sun, Nov 7, 2010 at 3:22 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> On Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 10:04 AM, Jonathan Lighter
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> > From just
> > today:
> Interesting. I've always had a feeling that that expression had to do
> with measuring cloth. Which is not to say that I think that this
> article "proves" anything WRT to that impression. But, IMO, it *is* an
> interesting anecdote.
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