Date: Mon, 29 Apr 1996 20:35:47 -0400 From: Benjamin Barrett 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 >Sender: American Dialect Society >To: Multiple recipients of list ADS-L >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. >Marla Benjamin Barrett gogaku[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]