Since it appears that many of the seemingly pressing issues of 2013 are still hanging around in 2014, we decided it was time to find something, in fact anything, else upon which we might ponder.
Of course we had no idea just what that might be until we opened an e-mail which sported the subject line “A Wee Bit of Knowledge ...” and which traced the history of the origin of a number of commonly used phrases. We have received such e-mails before and we never are certain we are willing to vouch for any of the explanations. Nonetheless, we are more than happy to share them for what they might be worth. They may inform. They may amuse. And they may help us to forget we are still in the midst of January.
“During WWII, U.S. Airplanes were armed with belts of bullets which they would shoot during dogfights and on strafing runs. These belts were folded into the wing compartments that fed their machine guns. These belts measure 27 feet and contained hundreds of rounds of bullets. Often times, the pilots would return from their missions having expended all of their bullets on various targets. They would say, I gave them the whole nine yards, meaning they used up all of their ammunition.”
“Did you know the saying ‘God willing and the creek don’t rise’ was in reference to the Creek Indians and not a body of water? It was written by Benjamin Hawkins in the late 18th century. He was a politician and Indian diplomat. While in the south, Hawkins was requested by the President of the U.S. To return to Washington . In his response, he was said to write, ‘God willing and the Creek don’t rise.’ Because he capitalized the word ‘Creek’ it is deduced that he was referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a body of water.”