More on "The Whole Six Yards"

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sat Sep 8 14:46:21 UTC 2012

Thanks, Bonnie
Bottom of page 1 col. 6, 6 lines up;cc=mounews;q1=yards;rgn=full%20text;idno=mou1912062801;didno=mou1912062801;view=pdf;seq=1;passterms=1

As we have been gone for a few days and failed to get all the news for this issue we will give you the whole six yards in our next.

Stephen Goranson
From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Bonnie Taylor-Blake [b.taylorblake at GMAIL.COM]
Sent: Saturday, September 08, 2012 10:34 AM
Subject: Re: [ADS-L] More on "The Whole Six Yards"

I appreciate reading Stephen's, Dave's, and Fred's thoughts on "the
whole six yards of it."  I learn a lot from these discussions and feel
that some of the best work of the list comes through these
collaborative efforts.

On Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 9:02 AM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at> wrote:

> 1912 _Mount Vernon (KY) Signal_ 17 May 1 (Chronicling America)  But there i=
> s one thing sure, we dems would never have known that there was such crooke=
> dness in the Republican party if Ted and Taft had not got crossed at each o=
> ther.  Just wait boys until the fix gets to a fever heat and they will tell=
>  the whole six yards.

This is a great find, Fred, and I thank you for it.  I find it
particularly compelling because "the whole six yards" is coupled with
"tell," as in "relate," "report," "share" and, well, "give."  Maybe
it's just me, but I also sense a hint of "[of it/of the story]" tacked
on to the end of "they will tell the whole six yards."

-- Bonnie

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