Additional Information on "The Whole Six Yards"

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 8 16:29:11 UTC 2012

No one has asked the question, so, I guess, I will. Would anyone
undertake the task of computing the metric total of all the newsprint
column-inch space (sans advertising -- or, perhaps, with) of that paper?
A ballpark estimate, without seeing the paper, gives me --

Length of page 1.5-2 ft
columns 3/page
number of pages 4

Total 18-24 ft or 6-8 yards. This seems to be too close to ignore.


On 9/8/2012 11:11 AM, Bonnie Taylor-Blake wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM, Bonnie Taylor-Blake
> <b.taylorblake at> wrote:
>> Maybe so, but Ron Rhody, born in northern Kentucky in 1932, told me
>> that "the whole nine yards" was an expression he grew up with and
>> heard everyone use, which suggests a pre-WWII occurrence.
> For what it's worth, I'll mention that Ron's father was in the
> newspaper business.  I believe he was the editor (or similar) at a
> northern-Kentucky newspaper (a paper in Frankfort)?  I only mention
> this in case we're looking at a newspaper-specific expression, tied
> to, perhaps, yards of newsprint or similar.  That seems unlikely to me
> too and I don't really like that theory, but I'll just throw that out
> there along with everything else.  (Perhaps the newspaper connection
> crept into my head because, duh, we're seeing "the whole six yards" in
> old small-town newspapers.)
> -- Bonnie

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