Discovery on "Whole Nine Yards"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Apr 26 12:52:34 UTC 2004

Thanks to Dave, Jesse, and Doug for clarifying that the provenance of the
previously known early citations of "whole nine yards" is specifically an
Air Force one and that my Florida citation is quite consistent with an Air
Force provenance.  I guess we have to hope that and
ProQuest add more newspapers that yield other early evidence.

Fred Shapiro

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