Date: Sat, 12 Nov 1994 12:31:44 -0500 From: Robert Kelly Subject: Re: Eighty-six The folk wisdom I grew up hearing had it that 86 arose from short order cook/counterman/waiter jargon, and meant "we're out of" or "cancel the order" depending on who was speaking. (An interesting instance of context modulating actual denotation.) I have heard other two and three digit code terms as well, from the same context (I recall that one meant "glass of water," another "order of toast"), but can't remember the actual digits. And would-be writers think it's professional to type -30-30- at the end of the story, = The End. Best, RK