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Origin of the Idiom ‘Whole Kit and Caboodle’

Origin of the Idiom ‘Whole Kit and Caboodle’


Definition of “Whole Kit and Caboodle”

Caboodle means a collection of things. We generally don’t really use caboodle any more except in the whole caboodle (or kit and caboodle), meaning ‘the whole lot’. The word caboodle comes from American English (mid 1800s). It’s assumed that the word was originally boodle; the whole boodle was around from the 1830′s; so the phrase would have been the whole kit and boodle.

The original phrase was most likely simply the whole kit. Based on several on-line posts, Captain Grose’s Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785) has listed kit meaning the contents of a soldier’s knapsack and he’s also got the whole kit meaning ‘the whole lot’. Then at the beginning of the 1800′s, people extended this phrase a number of ways: whole kit and boiling (or whole kit and bilin’), whole kit and cargo, and whole kit and boodle and later kit and caboodle (presumably, because it sounded better with the two k’s). Of course none of the other versions managed to survive. All that remains is the whole kit and caboodle.

So why call this Blog “Whole Kit and Caboodle”?

Basically, its not a Blog about a single theme or subject, its a Blog about everything any one may need to read about.

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