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Re: The Whole Nine Yards

Posted by GrampsQ on February 17, 2002

In Reply to: The Whole Nine Yards 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 yards was 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.