[Ads-l] "Full Nine Yards" from 1894

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 9 22:33:42 UTC 2015


I'm undecided on this.  Wouldn't it be stylistically odd for a physician,
in a clinical lecture delivered in 1894, to suddenly lapse (esp. without
quote marks or printed italics) into a highly colloquial manner of speech?

JL

On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 5:15 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 4:20 PM, Baker, John <JBAKER at stradley.com> wrote:
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> > this does not appear to be a literal use of "nine yards."
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> Youneverknow.
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> Besides, that this may be a possible *literal* use is far more interesting
> than yet another early instance of the derived use, wouldn't you say?
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