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

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 27 06:33:50 UTC 2012

Great congratulations to Bonnie and Fred for their breakthrough
research on this etymological puzzle that has fascinated people for
decades. Finding the examples of “whole six yards” was a major
advance. Kudos to Jennifer Schuessler of the New York Times for
writing about this fun topic for lovers of words and phrases.

And plaudits for the other researchers who provided the strong
shoulders Bonnie and Fred stood upon. Also, nice to see Barry’s
important work on “windy city” linked.


Fred Shapiro wrote
> Tomorrow's New York Times will have a story about the recent discoveries by=
>  Bonnie Taylor-Blake and me about the etymology of the phrase "the whole ni=
> ne yards."  I believe the story is going to be on the front page of the pri=
> nt newspaper.  Ben Zimmer and Jesse Sheidlower are also quoted, and Sam Cle=
> ments is mentioned.  The ADS-L list serv is referred to, and there is a lin=
> k to Barry Popik's website.  The online version is already up:
> ses-origin.html
> Fred Shapiro
> Editor
> YALE BOOK OF QUOTATIONS (Yale University Press)
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