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eighty-six: 86'd out of a bar

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 7:27 am
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They're new to me...we weren't allowed to watch tv when I was a kid.

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eighty-six: 86'd out of a bar

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 7:41 am
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Neither was I. Of course it had barely been invented and there were few commercial units available. I saw my first one at a "rich" friend's house ca. 1947-48. Small, round, green screen. My folks finally got a B&W TV in 1957. Mainly, when I had time to watch, it was in the Dorm TV room where all us budding intellectuals would watch Yogi Bear. Those were simpler (simple?) times.

Leif
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eighty-six: 86'd out of a bar

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 7:56 am
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No TV no wonder you two are fubar.
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eighty-six: 86'd out of a bar

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 8:10 am
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both of you...GO TO YOUR ROOM....AND no t.v. for either of you.
nathan from san francisco
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eighty-six: 86'd out of a bar

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 8:25 am
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both of you...GO TO YOUR ROOM....AND no t.v. for either of you.
nathan from san francisco
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eighty-six: 86'd out of a bar

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 8:39 am
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Stop stuttering, Nathan.
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eighty-six: 86'd out of a bar

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 8:53 am
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Here's the answer, according to the site linked below:

<<"Do not sell to that customer" or "The kitchen is out of the item ordered." Perhaps from the practice at Chumley's Restaurant in New York City of throwing rowdy customers out the back door, which is No. 86 Bedford Street. The term certainly predates its first appearance in print circa 1967.>>

http://homecooking.about.com/library/we ... 81897a.htm

/s/ Robert from Texas
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eighty-six: 86'd out of a bar

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 9:22 am
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wow what a cool subject, i guess after reading all these responses I better 86 with my 871/2 :)
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eighty-six: 86'd out of a bar

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 9:37 am
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i'm 86 'ing and 69'ing with 87 1/2...lol
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eighty-six: 86'd out of a bar

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 9:51 am
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Article 86 of the UCMJ = AWOL (this seems to me to be the most likely origin)
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Re: eighty-six: 86'd out of a bar

Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:36 am
by Erik_Kowal
Today's 'Word of the Day' email from Merriam-Webster says the following:

eighty-six

\ay-tee-SIKS\

verb, slang

Meaning

: to refuse to serve (a customer); also : to get rid of : throw out

Example Sentence

"NBC's Hannah Storm eighty-sixed her real last name, Storen, when her first employer, a heavy-metal-oriented radio station in Corpus Christi, asked her to host a show titled Storm by the Sea." (Sports Illustrated, September 25, 2000)

Did you know?

If you work in a restaurant or bar, you might eighty-six (or "eliminate") a menu item when you run out of it, or you might eighty-six (or "cut off") a customer who should no longer be served. "Eighty-six" is still used in this specific context, but it has also entered the general language. These days, you don’t have to be a worker in a restaurant or bar to eighty-six something — you just have to be someone with something to get rid of or discard. There are many popular but unsubstantiated theories about the origin of "eighty-six." The explanation judged most probable by Merriam-Webster etymologists is that the word was created as a rhyming slang word for "nix," which means "to veto" or "to reject."