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I think the only question remaining is...what in the name of the Oxford English Dictionary is a "kit and caboodle"? (Good article!)

Steve: That one's easy! "Whole kit" means "everything." And "boodle" is a corruption of Dutch "boedal," which means "property." (We have lots of Dutch borrowings in English from the time of the Dutch occupation of New York, then New Amsterdam.) It was modified to "whole kit and CAboodle" because Americans like alliteration. Wholly yours, N.

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