More on "The Whole Six Yards"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 8 17:52:58 UTC 2012

Extraordinary finds.

Is it a coincidence that both examples of the heretofore unknown "whole six
yards" appear in newspapers of the same Kentucky county within a little
more than a month of each other?


On Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at> wrote:

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> Thanks, Bonnie
> Bottom of page 1 col. 6, 6 lines up
> 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
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> Bonnie Taylor-Blake [b.taylorblake at GMAIL.COM]
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> 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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