What does the term 86 mean?
Like when people say 86 those fries. Why do they say 86?
- michele_n_dudleyLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
To remove, end usage, or take something out or away. Despite ALL other posts suggestion the origion of this phrase there is only one true answer:
Chumley's, a famous and OLD New York speakeasy, is located at 86 Bedford St. During Prohibition, an enterance through an interior adjoing courtyard was used, as it provided privacy and discretion for customers.
As was (and is) a New York tradition, the cops were on the payroll of the bar and would give a ring to the bar that they were coming for a raid. The bartender would then give the command "86 everybody!", which meant that everyone should hightail it out the 86 Bedford enterance because the cops were coming in through the courtyard door."86 that light"
"Everyone in Sales got 86'd.
- KathleenLv 44 years ago
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used as a verb, to "eighty-six" means to "ignore" or "get rid of". Suggested theories of the source of this usage include: Possibly a reference to article 86 of the New York state liquor code which defines the circumstances in which a bar patron should be refused service or "86ed". Another theory has it that this is rhyming slang for "nix." Interestingly, this seems to be an American coinage, unusual for rhyming slang. Others have suggested that this usage originated from the famous Delmonico's Restaurant in New York City, as item number 86 on their menu, their house steak, often ran out during the 19th century. Another explanation is that Chumley's, a famous 1900s New York speakeasy, was located at 86 Bedford St. During Prohibition, an entrance through an interior adjoining courtyard was used, as it provided privacy and discretion for customers. As was a New York tradition, the cops were on the payroll of the bar and would give a ring to the bar that they were coming for a raid. The bartender would then give the command "86 everybody!", which meant that everyone should hightail it out the 86 Bedford entrance because the cops were coming in through the courtyard door. The term came into popular use among soldiers and veterans to describe missing soldiers as 86'd. Rather than describe buddies missing in action, it was slang to describe the MIA as violating UCMJ Sub Chapter X Article 86. Another explanation is the possibility of a simple variation of the slang term deep six, which has identical meaning, and is simply meant to describe the approximate depth of a grave. Another possible origin is the public outdoor observatory on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, the site of more than 30 suicides.
- James DLv 61 decade ago
It's a term that has been associated with bars for informing a patron they are no longer welcome, as in "OK, pal, you're 86'd". It apparently originated from people who would jump to their deaths from the observation deck of the Empire State Building--on the 86th floor. Here's more on "86":
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
its my birth year