100 episodes

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!

Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Origins Big Science Pods

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 33 Ratings

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!

    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Animals, pt. 4

    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Animals, pt. 4

    Episode 99: Jay & Ray feed some animal idioms.
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    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.com

    some of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.


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    • 44 min
    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Food, pt. 6.

    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Food, pt. 6.

    Episode 98: Jay & Ray chow down on a few more foodioms.
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    The Roberto Clemente Museum is a showcase of baseball artifacts, memorabilia, works of art, and photographs related to the life of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. Use our promo code W9Y21 at clementemuseum.com to get 10% off Hats and T-Shirts.

    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.com

    some of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.

    • 45 min
    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Season 3!

    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Season 3!

    Episode 97: Jay & Ray prime the pump for season 3!
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    The Roberto Clemente Museum is a showcase of baseball artifacts, memorabilia, works of art, and photographs related to the life of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. Use our promo code W9Y21 at clementemuseum.com to get 10% off Hats and T-Shirts.

    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.com

    some of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.

    • 48 min
    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Miscellaneous.

    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Miscellaneous.

    Episode 96: Jay & Ray (re)chose their own adventures - Ep. 39 encore.
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    The Roberto Clemente Museum is a showcase of baseball artifacts, memorabilia, works of art, and photographs related to the life of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. Use our promo code W9Y21 at clementemuseum.com to get 10% off Hats and T-Shirts.

    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.com

    some of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.

    • 41 min
    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Animals, pt2

    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Animals, pt2

    Episode 95: Jay & Ray (re)explore more fauna related phrases - Ep. 32 encore.
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    The Roberto Clemente Museum is a showcase of baseball artifacts, memorabilia, works of art, and photographs related to the life of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. Use our promo code W9Y21 at clementemuseum.com to get 10% off Hats and T-Shirts.

    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.com

    some of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.

    • 36 min
    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Music.

    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Music.

    Episode 94: Jay & Ray (re)explore phrases with some musical overtones - Ep. 7 encore.
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    The Roberto Clemente Museum is a showcase of baseball artifacts, memorabilia, works of art, and photographs related to the life of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. Use our promo code W9Y21 at clementemuseum.com to get 10% off Hats and T-Shirts.

    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.com

    some of the W9Y sources include phrase finder uk, word wizard forums, etymology online, the OED, American Dictionary of Idioms, Wiki, newspapers.com, stackexchange, worldwidewords.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

amanda-nicole85 ,

Love this show.

This show satisfies my curiosity about many words and phrases that I’ve always wondered about. Their voices are also quite relaxing yet upbeat so between content and then their audible aesthetic, I’m very happy with every episode so far!

ingui ruth ,

It helps me learn and actually remeber American idioms

I am a court interpreter and I would say that my main weakness are idioms. Some I don't understand, and others I don't know how to translate them. Your podcast is amazing and really helpful, I love languages and I believe idioms make English souch more interesting. Thank you so much!!!!!

jenniferceo ,

The what now?...

Has Pittsburgh contributed more to culture than this podcast?

Short answer, maybe.

Sure there is the Terrible Towel, Andy Warhol, and to be honest, French fries on salad is like a top five invention. But this pod is right up there with spuds and lettuce in holy unison.

Jay and Ray’s smooth dulcitone-like notes are pleasing but the joy of learning with them has been mildly surprising and satisfying.

And they are not idioms!

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