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

Bonnie Taylor-Blake b.taylorblake at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 10 00:42:59 UTC 2015


By the way, Peter Reitan published something earlier this year on a
possible fabric-based origin for the idiomatic usage of "the
whole/full six/nine yards" (boy, this is getting complicated).  It was
published in Comments on Etymology, but a modified form appears at the
link below.  (He mentions Civil-War bandages there too.)

http://esnpc.blogspot.com/2015/02/nine-yards-to-dollar-history-and.html

-- Bonnie

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