Associate Dave (formerly the combat plumber recently back from his
year-long gig with KBR in the Green Zone) called me not ten minutes
after I had returned from le Grande Orange to ask me about the Dewalt
DW708 Dual Bevel 12" MS of which HD on US290 had four NIB sitting on the
floor and marked down to $384.30. I admitted that I hadn't noticed
them though I did see a couple or three standard 12" MS marked down a
paltry $20 to $279. Dubai Dave told me he was gonna get hisself one and
I said I'd meet him there and I did.
And, I bought it. Near as I can remember HD had been carrying them
for $569. In fact, the display slider they now have is a DW718
(w/laser) what has the dual slide bars mounted side-by-side vs. the
over/under configuration of the 708. The DW718 is HD priced at $649.
So, with two saws on our cart I collared Merina Joy who was hawking
HD credit card apps at the main entrance to gimme one (and she did)
which got me another 10% off up to two +extra large" on my first
purchase. Pretty damn good I'm thinking. With all the discounting
going on Bagdadh Dave and I decide to up the ante and spring for HD's
RIGID MS-UV, that's Miter Saw Utility Vehicle (Model AC 9440) which goes
for $149 but (you guessed it) we're gonna get $15 off that. So, I put
the whole kit and kaboodle on the new charge giving Iraqi Dave the
additional 10%, too. Dave later lays five new Benjamin Franklins on me
along with twenty bucks worth of worn and dog-eared fives and ones and
everybody is happy. It's a win-win deal!
In case you were wondering...have heard this
so many times and was just wondering about it
[Q] From Elma Brooks: ³What is the source of the whole kit and
[A] Caboodle has a complicated history. It¹s been spelt down the years
in many different ways, and these days is usually listed in
dictionaries with an initial ³c². It means a collection of objects,
sometimes of people. It commonly turns up in the whole caboodle,
meaning ³the whole lot². It¹s recorded in the US from the middle of the
nineteenth century. It¹s probable that the word was originally boodle,
with the phrase being the whole kit and boodle, but that the initial
sound ³k² was added to boodle for euphony.
There are examples of similar phrases around the beginning of the
nineteenth century, such as whole kit and boiling (or whole kit and
bilin¹) and whole kit and cargo, with the original very likely to have
just been the whole kit‹it¹s recorded in this form in Grose¹s
Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue in 1785. It was also current in the US
as the whole boodle from the 1830s. It seems that the whole kit and
caboodle eventually won the linguistic battle for survival in the US
because of that repeated ³k² sound, though Dialect Notes in 1908 said
that these other versions were still known from various parts of the
country. Sinclair Lewis used one of them in Main Street in 1920: ³The
whole kit and bilin¹ of ¹em are nothing in God¹s world but socialism in
(Lou here: always liked that SL!)
Boodle is familiar as the relatively modern US word for money illegally
obtained, particularly linked to bribery and corruption. This is
usually suggested as coming from the Dutch boedel, ³inheritance,
household effects; possessions². But it¹s uncertain whether it¹s the
same word as the one in the whole kit and boodle. Some writers suggest
the latter comes from the English buddle, meaning a bundle or bunch
(closely connected with bindle, as in the North American bindlestiff
for a tramp). As kit here means one¹s equipment, to put the two
together in the sense of everything that one has, equipment and
personal possessions, seems reasonable.
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