Date: Sat, 29 Apr 1995 10:16:15 -0400
From: "J. Russell King" JRKing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: "You're eighty-six, man!"
May have started in another guise, but at least here in New York City
"eighty six" is bartender's slang for a customer who won't be served anymore,
who has been cut off (because of rude behavior or being too drunk). "He's
An extended meaning I've also heard is when the kitchen has run out of a
particular item, or the bar is out of a particular wine, that item is "eighty
six" or "eighty sixed" -- used in conversations between waiters and
bartenders, or waiters and the kitchen.
Somebody probably has a notion of the ultimate origin, but I don't.