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post #76 of 79
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Originally Posted by Autolycus View Post
 

This is for "FrankDrebben" - re "The Whole Nine Yards" - that was actually the length of one completely-loaded ammunition belt for several different American WW2 aircraft machine gun reloads.

 

Autolycus.

 

No, it's not. And please don't start this again. There are recorded uses that go back to the early 1900s - see the Wikipedia article on the term. No-one knows the its origin, but it's certainly not from WW2.

post #77 of 79

Dear "Flying Monkey", 

 

  Yes, it is...!

 

  Or at least, it is one of many etymological derivations of the phrase...!

 

  Further online research leads to early British-made Vickers belt-fed machine guns, as later installed on early WW1 fighters - so that leads to "The whole nine yards" in an aeronautical & ammunition-related context... again.

 

  Then there is the simple, incontestable fact that, as an ancient English aircraft engineer with more than 4 decades experience in that particular endeavour, six of those years were spent in the middle east, working for a chief engineer who used that same phrase constantly, to describe an entire entity or concept, and who also referred its origins back to aircraft ammunition belt length - in whichever conflict you care to comment upon.

 

  So, you may have your opinion on this matter - and I certainly have mine. These differ and one of the wonderful aspects about language - particularly English - is that it is never static, nor ever entirely resolved...!

 

  As an Ontarian, you'll be more French than English anyway, so one will have to allow you your own ideas on the origins of everything - thus we will simply have to agree to disagree.

 

  Have a nice day,

 

    Autolycus. 

post #78 of 79

Would roughly 3 meters be acceptable for a long coat?

post #79 of 79
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Originally Posted by RavenBespoke View Post

Would roughly 3 meters be acceptable for a long coat?

2.7m for me. 1.80 tall, 75kg
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