Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Origins

Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Origins

Whole 9 Yards is a weekly podcast that will simultaneously educate, astonish, and amuse. Listen while we share equivocal research about the origin of words, phrases, and idioms we use every day. From the team at Big Science Pods, we bring you the whole 9 yards, the entire kit and caboodle, the whole shebang of this quick, entertaining look at our language and the history therein. Learn why we call New York "The Big Apple," what "red-handed" REALLY means and why sometimes people are "happy as a clam." So, let's cut to the chase, if you jump on the bandwagon now, the first 100 subscribers will be entered to win a Big Science Snuggie. Have a question about an idiom? Wanna drop us a line because you think we’re funny... or, not? Think we’re mistaken about any information we’ve shared? Hit us up at heyyou@whole9yards.org. We’re waiting with bated breath!... Show More

Episodes

February 24, 2021 40 min

Episode 52: Jay & Ray hang out with some dude related idioms.

  • old coot
  • scalawag
  • fuddy duddy
  • jerkwater
  • 1905 footage of the railway water trough.

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    February 17, 2021 38 min

    Episode 51: Jay & Ray fall for some love idioms.

  • madly in love
  • smitten
  • head over heals
  • crush
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    Episode 50: Jay & Ray call each other by a few different nicknames.

  • doofus
  • buster
  • chap
  • lad
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    Episode 49: Jay & Ray get in the ring with a few sports idioms.

  • ringer
  • go to bat for
  • hat trick
  • rubber match
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    Episode 48: Jay & Ray make no sense with more nonsense.

  • lackadaisical
  • flabbergasted
  • gobsmacked
  • shenanigans
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    Episode 47: Jay & Ray get down to business with more potty talk.

  • latrine
  • privy
  • head
  • commode
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    Episode 46: Jay & Ray give promote a few idioms regarding CEO nicknames.

  • big-wig
  • mogul
  • muckity muck
  • head honcho
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    Episode 45: Jay & Ray spend some time cashing in a few more money idioms.

  • cheapskate
  • dollars to donuts
  • burn a hole in your pocket
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    Episode 44: Jay & Ray take a break and re-run Punctuation.

  • ampersand
  • question mark
  • interobang
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    Episode 43: Jay & Ray take a break and re-run the Potty Talk episode.

  • Poop
  • John
  • Loo
  • Potty
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    Episode 42: Jay & Ray discuss a wide palette of colorful idioms.

  • cut the mustard
  • ace in the hole
  • out of the blue
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    Episode 41: Jay & Ray tuck in on more food-ioms.

  • spill the beans
  • couch potato
  • cook your goose
  • bun in the oven
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    Episode 40: Jay & Ray go over a list of talking points.

  • hemming & hawwing
  • butter you up
  • cat got your tongue
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    Episode 39: Jay & Ray chose their own adventures.

  • bandy about
  • just joshin'
  • world is your oyster
  • get your goat
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    Episode 38: Jay & Ray have some questions.

  • naked as a jaybird
  • bitter end
  • call shotgun
  • shadow of a doubt
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    Episode 37: Jay & Ray go unsupervised.

  • balled out
  • full tilt
  • seven ways from sunday
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    Episode 36: Jay & Ray pick a bone about some body idioms.

  • cold shoulder
  • elbow grease
  • cake eater
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    Episode 35: Jay & Ray get eerily close with a few more frightful idioms.

  • graveyard shift
  • bat outta hell
  • jack-o-lantern
  • skeletons in the closet
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    Episode 34: Jay & Ray scare up a few spooky idioms.

  • heebie jeebies
  • scared the pants off
  • made my blood run cold
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    Episode 33: Jay & Ray fight their way through some trouble.

  • in a pickle
  • calamity jane
  • fly off the handle
  • panties in a bunch
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