the whole, how shall we say, nine yards

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Wed Sep 5 12:58:14 UTC 2012

On Wed, Sep 05, 2012 at 11:49:06AM +0000, Stephen Goranson wrote:
> In Nov. 1997 The Maven's Word of the Day, Jesse Sheidlower wrote: "(An
> unreliable book has claimed that it dates from the 1950s, which is
> itself not that implausible.)" What book is that? Is that book now
> worth a second look or was it just guessing, relying on vague memory?


I don't remember what book that was, but I think it was just some pop
language book, and I'm sure it was just making it up. If there had been
anything to follow, I would have made a note of it.

Jesse Sheidlower

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