Date: Mon, 29 Apr 1996 20:35:47 -0400

From: Benjamin Barrett Gogaku[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GNN.COM

Subject: Re: 9= police

"The chocolate cake is 86'd!" is a common use of 86 in restaurants to mean

it's all gone. I would think that being thrown out of a bar might have come

as an adapted meaning, but I've never heard the expression "they were 86'd

from Joe's Tavern before."

Date: Mon, 29 Apr 1996 18:35:06 CDT

From: Marla Broom mlbroom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SAUMAG.EDU

Sender: American Dialect Society ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU

To: Multiple recipients of list ADS-L ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU

Subject: Re: 9= police

This is an old one, but a number none the less: if a person is 86'd from

a bar, they are thrown out. No one I ever asked knew why this was so.


Benjamin Barrett