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Trivia Question.....term 86 The Great Hall: Trivia Question.....term 86

By RDB on Sunday, July 30, 2000 - 03:35 pm: Edit

The term 86 was discused on a show on prohibition,last night refering to a speakeasy in new york called Chumlies, 86 was their street adress. when they were getting raided the regular customers would be 86ed and let out secret passageways to escape the law. I don't think we will ever know where the term really came from .

By Cajunchef (Cajunchef) on Thursday, August 03, 2000 - 10:05 am: Edit

i was told that it was a new york term on the subway.. the line ended at 86 st and all had to get off and out. that is what i was told

By UniChef on Sunday, August 13, 2000 - 06:09 pm: Edit

I had heard that it came from bars referring to 86 proof alcohol. I think there are as many stories about where this term came from as there are recipes for BBQ sauce- no two are the same!

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By ChefJeff on Sunday, January 07, 2001 - 12:32 pm: Edit

I think I was told that 86'd is a bastardization
of the naval slang term "deep-sixed" meaning dead.

By Chefgbs (Chefgbs) on Sunday, January 07, 2001 - 02:41 pm: Edit

I saw this on the History Channel. The term "86 it" comes from the prohibition era, when speakeasies were around. The police would come in the front door and the bad guys woulod escape through the back door. The "back door was an establishment on the other side of the street whose address was number 86.

By kngpin9 on Tuesday, February 20, 2001 - 03:47 pm: Edit

I heard it was Delmonicos also they had an item on the menu that they couldn`t keep in stock.


By Paulz (Paulz) on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 04:28 pm: Edit

The Random House Dictionary of Slang says that it came from a burlesk routine during prohibition. Waiter # 86 was the waiter with access to whiskey.

By Chefspike (Chefspike) on Sunday, September 30, 2001 - 10:26 pm: Edit

Hey! Waiter! Another round here.

By Stew79 (Stew79) on Thursday, October 18, 2001 - 04:48 pm: Edit

I once pulled one out of my arse and told a customer that it referred to the gold rush of 86 and the subsequent ghost towns. They ran out of people the way we ran out of a dish, I said. From the apparent lack of consensus on the origin of the term it would appear that my suggestion was as good as any of these others.

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