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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!

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W9Y Is A Little Rank
Episode 216: Jay & Ray sling some old slang. - Encorerankhave a blastsquarepsychSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
42:59 4/19/24
W9Y Goes Farming
pisode 215: Jay & Ray farm a few old idioms. - Encoredon't have a cowwhen pigs flyhaywirelong row to hoeSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
45:31 4/12/24
W9Y Chews The Fat
Episode 214: Jay & Ray digest a few old food idioms. - Encorea finger in every piechew the fatfit as a fiddleear to the groundplus a drop in by the illustrious Johnny Dollar, R.I.P.Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
46:23 4/5/24
W9Y Is A Racket
Episode 213: Jay & Ray get scammed by a few old idioms. - EncorenickstiffracketboostSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
42:50 3/29/24
W9Y Chows Down
Episode 212: Jay & Ray chow down on some old food-ioms. - EncorechownoshspambarbecueSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
45:33 3/22/24
W9Y Isn't a Narc
Episode 211: Jay & Ray do some old detective work. - Encoreprivate dicksleuthhawkshawnarcSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
34:00 3/15/24
W9Y Gets Some Nicknames
Episode 210: Jay & Ray call each other by a few old nicknames. - EncoredoofusbusterchapladSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
35:15 3/8/24
W9Y Coming Out The Wazoo
Episode 209: Jay & Ray have idioms flying out their wazoo.teetotallerwazooSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
36:16 3/1/24
W9Y Plays Hooky
Episode 208: Jay & Ray party down with some old idioms. - Encorepaint the town redhobnobplay hookywallflowerSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
46:26 2/23/24
W9Y Twists Your Arm
Episode 207: Jay & Ray eye up some old body idioms. - Encorefoot in mouthmugon the tip of your tonguetwist your armSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
37:01 2/16/24
W9Y Eats Crow
Episode 206: Jay & Ray meet some friendly animal idioms. again. - Encorea bird in the hand is worth two in the bushdon't count your chickenseat crowcan of wormsSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
39:52 2/9/24
W9Y Gets Moving
Episode 205: Jay & Ray move to understand a few old phrases. - Encorebadgergrasping for strawsget the ball rollingpalm offSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
33:25 2/2/24
W9Y Goes to a Barn Burner
Episode 204: Jay & Ray learn how to say some old idioms. - Encoregingerlybarn burnerhold a candleSNAFUSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
37:58 1/26/24
W9Y Stinks
Episode 203: Jay & Ray enjoy the scent of some fresh idioms.p.u.tit for tatSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
31:15 1/19/24
W9Y Gets Hot
Episode 202: Jay & Ray kick off Season 5!piping hotbellwetherSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.Unpacking JapanThe podcast for people interested in the behind the scenes of life in Japan.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
36:32 1/12/24
W9Y Is A Bummer
Episode 201: Jay & Ray groove with a few 60s idioms, again. - EncorebummerflakesplitbogartSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
40:34 1/5/24
W9Y Goes Golfing
Episode 200: Jay & Ray ay & Ray take a whack at a few golf idioms - again. Encore.birdiebogeyeaglemulliganSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
46:46 12/29/23
W9Y Fights The Law
Episode 199: Jay & Ray are on the wrong side of the law - again. Encore.on the lambscott-freeredhandedcut to the chaseSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
41:34 12/22/23
Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Tripping.
Episode 198: Jay & Ray trip the light fantastic.skin in the gametrip the light fantasticSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
29:08 12/15/23
Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Ice Breakers.
Episode 197: Jay & Ray take a few new idioms to court.break the icekangaroo courtSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
31:04 12/8/23
Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Food, pt. 11
Episode 196: Jay & Ray slice up some new food idioms.cheesyin a nutshellSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
34:06 12/1/23
Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Food, pt. 10
Episode 195: Jay & Ray hash out some new food idioms.sour grapesjust dessertsSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
24:45 11/24/23
Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Scottish Thunder.
Episode 194: Jay & Ray take a thunderous approach to new etymologies.steal your thunderwhy is Macbeth referred to as 'The Scottish Play?'Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
38:30 11/17/23
Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Fighting words!
Episode 193: Jay & Ray scuffle with a few old fighting words. - Encorebeefscrewed the poochbone of contentiondonnybrookSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
33:47 11/10/23
Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Material
Episode 192: Jay & Ray stitch up a few new idioms.know the ropeshell bent for leatherSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
36:22 11/3/23
Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & more Clothing.
Episode 191: Jay & Ray iron out a few more clothing idioms. - Encoreby the seat of your pantsskivvieskeep your shirt onthinking capSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
35:12 10/27/23
Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Nature.
Episode 190: Jay & Ray get in touch with nature again. - Encorebeat around the bushturn over a new leafheard it through the grapevineSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.
19:01 10/20/23
Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Happy Times.
Episode 189: Jay & Ray re-discover some inner happiness. - Encoredandylarkokaypleased as punchSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
52:23 10/13/23
Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Dudes.
Episode 188: Jay & Ray hang out with some dude related idioms again. - Encoreold cootscalawagfuddy duddyjerkwater1905 footage of the railway water trough.Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
40:15 10/6/23
Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Animals, pt. 3
Episode 187: Jay & Ray talk to the animals again. - Encorecrocodile tearsdog eat dogcat's meowelephant in the roomSubscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB.Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of the groove salad at bigsciencemusic.comsome of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
49:05 9/29/23

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