September Magazine: The Whole Nine Yards

Happy September. Happy 9th month of the year. However, in respect to the number nine I must admit that I there are a number things I just can’t understand. For instance, I just cannot understand the expression “the whole nine yards”. I can get a handle on the whole enchilada (yummy), even the whole kit and kiboodle (it’s a railroad term), but where does the expression the Whole Nine Yards come from? It’s etymology is murky. No one knows exactly where it came from. Likewise, the expression Dressed to the Nines is a puzzle to the etymologists. Its origin, its parentage is unknown. Ditto Cloud Nine. So, what’s up with this nine? Bumba’s hypothesis is that the numeral 9, being the last one, the final word, simply indicates a certain high level of excellence. 9 is premium grade. No better illustrated than by our beloved Marina Kanavaki who has gone the whole nine yards on this one. Thanks, Thanks to Marina!!!


P.S. The Bumbastories staff insists on mentioning that the great and noble American game of baseball is played in 9 innings, by a team of nine. Ted Williams, Minnie Minosa, and Roger Maris wore the number 9 proudly. Thanks again to Marina.

18 thoughts on “September Magazine: The Whole Nine Yards

  1. Love when you colab with Marina!
    I enjoyed the Dylan songs, but there were no comments available to me.
    Just wanted you to know the Dylan post was cool!

    1. Maybe that was on Marina’s reblog. I still need to add a photograph of a new apartment building I saw last week on Santa Monica Blvd called The Dylan. Not everyone is such a diligent photographer as you. OK, OK, I’ll try to get back over there soon…

  2. Thanks for re blogging. Iโ€™m glad about our number series too, but maybe I should stop re posting them. I guess Iโ€™ll stop after the ninth.

  3. It was really refreshing seeing these again! Happy September, my friend! I’m so glad we did this and I’m ever grateful… for triggering a series of paintings! Here’s to a lovely September – fall and well, …number 9!!!!!!!

  4. I hadn’t thought of the number 9 being the last one invented! It makes me want to invent another integer. That would really upset the system but with ten fingers we really need ten integers. I suggest zel.
    That might transform the whole world of mathematics.
    Zel, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two one BANG!!
    Yep that works for me.
    Anyway happy Autumn to you – or Fall as you say out there!

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