[Ads-l] "The whole six yards" (Interdating, 1927)

Bonnie Taylor-Blake b.taylorblake at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 18 22:50:41 EDT 2016

What follows comes about 15 years after the earliest examples we have
of this other-numbered variant of "the whole nine yards," but it's
still pretty early, and from Missouri, so I have to show you.

-- Bonnie


Rumor says Lon Lay gets more letters than anyone on the line.  How
about it, Lon?  Some say "daisies won't tell;" we say daisies will
tell.  We heard the whole six yards -- where did you lose your letter?

[From Jolly Joe, "Clear Springs," The Houston (Missouri) Herald, 15
December 1927, p. 6., column 1.  Presumably "Jolly Joe" is reporting
on news out of Clear Springs, Missouri.  Via newspapers.com.]

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