Posted by R. Berg on October 22, 2002
In Reply to: The whole nine yards... posted by Alison Causton on October 22, 2002
: ...is meant to describe the amount of yardage required to sew up a proper kilt.
: At least, so my mother says ;-) ,
Your mother may have many fine qualities and nevertheless not know the final word on TWNY. Most likely the final word will never be known. Several proposals for the origin are listed under "Popular fallacies" in the Meanings and Origins section of this website.