Date: Tue, 30 Apr 1996 09:18:36 MST From: Tom Uharriet Subject: 86 > >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 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. Tom Uharriet utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]