Alaboutnothing Official Blog

May 18, 2019

Answers to Slang Phrases, Some Questions We have and Editorial

Answer: Where did the phrase “Whole Nine Yards” come from?

We thought this came from the sport of football or some other sport where yards were part of the measurement.  Then one day we were watching Netflix and there was a show where some dudes were restoring a P-51 Mustang back to the original configuration.  (See picture above for P-51).  When P-51 pilots returned from a mission they usually went into a debriefing and they would be asked if they used “the whole nine yards” if they encountered a “dog-fight” with a German plane.  The ammunition for a P-51 Mustang is stored in the wing layered in a container that is 9 Yards long. If the pilot used all his ammunition in the “dog-fight” then he used the whole nine yards or in other words, he used all his ammunition.

Answer: Where did the phrase”Short End of the Stick” come from?

Found this answer on “Antiques Road-show” in a British version where a lady brought two sticks that she had no clue what they were but they were old.  The expert said this was the first time he had ever see these.  In the 1300’s when a loan was made between two gentlemen they notched a stick approximately four inches wide and depending on how deep the notches were determined the amount of the loan.  Then they split the stick and the person that owed the other guy the amount indicated had his stick shortened.  So the person with “the short stick” owed the other guy and this could be proved by placing the sticks next to each other.

Question:  Why do golfers look at the ball when they miss a putt?

The ball was aimed by the golfer and the golfer must have aimed wrong so looking at the ball indicates that the ball made the mistake when in fact the golfer was the cause.  Could it be that the golfer was in denial?  Are they looking for a gaping hole in the side of the ball that might have caused the miss-direction?  Are they looking to see if the ball is square and that’s why it went array?

Question:  Why do golf TV commentators always follow a compliment with a comment about a bad shot that the golfer might have been made sometime in their career.

The scenario is the commentator says “Wow! That was a great shot!” and then follow that comment with “I remember back in 1980 at the Masters when he had the same shot he hit it in the water and then attempted to play from the water and scored a quadruple boogie!”

Editorial:

Since Tiger Woods is back playing we watch plenty of golf and we believe that the golf commentators which are usually a bunch of one time golfers that could not keep up with the “real” pros.  Best example is Nick Faldo who was fairly famous at one time, but never great.  Just listen to Nick doing his commentary and you will hear the negativity in his comments.  Lots of “never, can’t or “no way”.  One time a reporter asked Tiger what he though about when he was putting and Tiger said “Nothing”.  We got this but this went miles above Nick’s head and he said “That is impossible.” Nick must not know that Tiger plays golf when he is in “the moment” and because he has made all the measurements and seen the angles for the putt the only thing left is to hit the putt so his mind is in a state of nothing.   We guess when Nick is over the putt he is thinking “If I miss this my kids will not go to college or if I miss left, I don’t think that will be a good putt coming back and I will probably miss my house payment and my family will be homeless and my parents will be disappointed in me and probably disown me and my family.  The queen will openly dismiss me as an English golfer and say that I am from Russia and that my family sneaked in to England back in the 1500’s with false papers….”  Then Nick has the balls to tell the viewing audience how the player we are watching should play the shot coming up.  The last thing the golfer wants to know is how Nick would play the shot because the golfer does not want to end his career being a golf commentator. We also sense quite a bit of animosity coming from the commentators who played golf when Tiger was at his height and winning just about everything which placed them in the background.

Last week we met a “Kat” and this is highly unusual for us because Kat’s are rare and after meeting this Kat we noticed that the Kat had a type of energy we have not encountered ever.  It was super serene with a touch of inquisitively.  Interesting we must say.

Thanks to all our friends who stop by and hope that the awesome mom’s out there had a great Mothers Day!  God bless all of you and thinks for stopping by.

We have nothing to say at this time but if you are out on a golf course be sure to listen for someone yelling “Fore”.  This means that a strong possibility exists that a small ball hit be the golfer coming your way has hit a ball that is off-line and coming your way.  The proper response would be to cover your head, fall to the ground if you are hit, and scream in pain so that the golfer who hit you will probably give you a golf glove with his/her autograph on it.

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