Origins of common sayings… these can go on forever, kids love them

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    I use these as great ways to get conversations and share knowledge w the kids…

    The whole nine yards = today’s meaning is I gave it my all or went the full distance, made maximum efforts… the origin is from world war II > the length of bullets/ ammo belt loaded into a fighter jet.. when the pilot would return from a mission the ground crew would ask, how much ammo did you use (so they would know how much to load) and if the pilot said ” I gave them the whole nine yards” it meant he was empty….

    another:

    Cat got your tongue?

    Meaning: Said to someone who remains silent when they are expected to speak.

    Origin: There are two stories on how this saying came into being. The first one says that it could have come from a whip called “Cat-o’-nine-tails” that was used by the English Navy for flogging and often left the victims speechless. The second one may be from ancient Egypt, where liars’ tongues were cut out as punishment and fed to the cats.

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