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September 09, 2009


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Is this why we say "dressed to the nines" instead of the tens?

@Judyth: The origin of "dressed to the nines" is uncertain. It was once suggested that it derived from "dressed to the eyes"--the plural of "eye" in Middle English was "eyne," and through elision "then eyne" would have become "the nine(s)." A somewhat more plausible theory is that "the nines" refers to the nine Classical Muses or the British Army's 99th Regiment of Foot, who were know for their sharp dressing. And there are other theories. See http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-nin1.htm
and http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/dressed-to-the-nines.html

A couple of good friends of mine were in a band called Plan 9, and some years later, The Nines.

$9.99 is a fantastic film; but then again, anything by Etgar Keret is a masterpiece. I didn't care much for "9", since the visuals weren't good enough to make up for the tedious plot.

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