another 1964 "the whole nine yards"? (UNCLASSIFIED)

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 26 01:28:29 UTC 2011

It's as plausible as the textile explanation.


On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 9:25 PM, Garson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at>wrote:

> Here is a rather late and not very plausible explanation in 1984 for
> "whole nine yards". I post it on this thread only because it refers to
> barracks.
> Cite: 1984 February 12, Youngstown Vindicator, The Writer's Art: Nine
> Yards Or Cloud Nine? by James J. Kilpatrick {Universal Press
> Syndicate], Youngstown, Ohio. (Google News Archive)
> A serviceman in Schweinfurt, Germany, recalled that a standard
> barracks used to be 27 feet long. It had to be cleaned every week,
> wall to wall, "the whole nine yards."

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