Date: Tue, 30 Apr 1996 09:18:36 MST
From: Tom Uharriet UTOM[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ADMN.SHS.NEBO.EDU
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.
As I recall, when a patron has had a little too much to drink, the
bartender keeps up the sales while lowering the affect by watering
down the drinks. What was represented as being 100 proof is reduced
to 86. At least that's how the expression was explained to me in Los
Angeles a decade or so ago.
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