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The Whole Nine Yards

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Posted by Harry DeBari on February 12, 2002

My grandmother, a headmistress of the Bermuda School System who came from Carmathen, Wales told me a different version than I have seen in this forum.

She stated that the Whole nine yardswas based on an attempt by the British to end some elements of the caste system in India. Under British rule, turbans worn by all castes were to be of 9 yards in length, previously, lower castes were to wear shorter length and therefore smaller turbans. Therefore, everyone was to wear the full nine yards.