Front-Page New York Times Story on "The Whole Nine Yards"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 27 00:56:05 UTC 2012

Great article. I have to say, though, that I remain confused. As both 6
cubic yards and nine cubic yards are standard sizes for hauling, how does
the shift from 6 to 9 refute the cubic yard theory?

On Wednesday, December 26, 2012, Shapiro, Fred wrote:

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> Tomorrow's New York Times will have a story about the recent discoveries
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>  Bonnie Taylor-Blake and me about the etymology of the phrase "the whole
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> ne yards."  I believe the story is going to be on the front page of the
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> nt newspaper.  Ben Zimmer and Jesse Sheidlower are also quoted, and Sam
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