wordy wednesday: the whole nine yards

Today’s idiom: the whole nine yards

Meaning: the whole thing

Origin: Another confusing origin story.  Thought to have originated from the phrase “the whole six yards” (seen as early as 1912), the “nine yards” was first seen in print in Kentucky Happy Hunting Ground in 1956.  There are many theories as to what the yards refers to: the length of a machine gun ammunition belt, square riggers (three masts, each 3 yards), contents of a standard concrete mixer, amount of fabric needed for a three piece suit, and the list goes on.

Sources: wikipedia.  npr.  phrases.


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