Posted by R. Berg on June 22, 2005
In Reply to: Let's add a Counter posted by al on June 22, 2005
: : : : Not a question, but a suggestion- you should add "the whole nine yards" to the index- It's from WWII when a pilot would shoot at something and use up the whole ammo belt in the machine gun. A belt of preloaded shells was 9 yards long (approx.) Thus when you really tear into something you are giving it "the whole 9 yards".
: : : What a novel idea! Thanks for sharing. By the way, Joe, read this: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/411150.html
: : Better idea: let's add a counter to the website that would add up the number of times W9Y theories bubble up to the surface. Every 100 submissions, the sender gets a prize: 9 yards of concrete wrapped in a kilt, maybe.
: I've a -- not sure what to call it, a "meta [something] perhaps. When and why did it become so popular to post 'whole nine yards' theories? I am reminded of back when print was just becoming risque there was a fad of creating acronyms for naughty words. Fornication Upon Command of the King was popular. When did 'whole nine yards' theories become the fad or fancy?
Maybe W9Y theories were always popular, and this forum gave them a stage to prance upon. --rb