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Origins Of "to 86 Something"  
User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 19406 posts, RR: 50
Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5832 times:

Anyone know what the origins of the verb "to 86"?

EX.: I 86ed the idea of going to Saudi Arabia after the travel warning.

E pur si muove -Galileo
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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5823 times:

I honestly have no idea what you're talking about... Family tradition maybe? I've never heard anyone say it.

User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4887 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5806 times:

Originates from a bar in New York during the time of prohibition. The bar was located at 86 Something Street. Whenever the cops were coming, everyone was told to get out of 86 asap. The term evolved and nowadays means "to get rid of s.th./s.o., to kick s.th./s.o. out" etc.

[Edited 2004-06-19 00:46:29]

User currently offlineRenton_WA From Argentina, joined May 2002, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5800 times:


Meaning to eject or debar from premises, to reject or abandon was/is an expression used by waiters and bartenders indicating that the supply of an item was exhausted or that a customer was not to be served.

I’ve heard mainly among restaurant workers. It seems to mean either that the restaurant is out of something (‘we’re eighty-six on flounder’) or, less often, that something should be gotten rid of (‘eighty-six that monkey—the health department is outside’).

And as Racko mention I also read that it originated at a New York City, Chumley’s, located at 86 Bedford Street, during Prohibition, when a raid was imminent, a cop on the take would call and warn the proprietor to ‘eighty-six it’: hide the booze and get the customers out.

User currently offlineMsllsmith From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 396 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5753 times:

Congratulations Racko,
you win the prize...... a bar during prohibition which had no name and was just known by its address at 86 Bedford Street in the West Village in New York.

Used to drink there all the time (watch it, I'm not that old......)

"86" is now used by restaurants to indicate that something on the menu is no longer available.....as "Pork chops ..... are 86"

(Another important A.Net ? Answered)

[Edited 2004-06-20 17:42:16]

There's nothing more beautiful than flying into the dawn.
User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 19406 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5739 times:

"(Another important A.Net ? Answered)"

Thanks, I can finally sleep now!

E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5723 times:

I drank at Chumley's the night of the blackout last August... they had flashlights ducktaped to the ceiling and candles everywhere... everyone was ignoring the smoking ban. They had 3 beer taps left.. served until they were empty. Didn't have enough cash because of no ATM's... they gave me 2 rounds for free. It was great fun!

An unexamined life isn't worth living.
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