what does eighty-six-ed means and where does the word come from?
Lewis Joplin II
Stuart Berg Flexner, in "Listening to America," has a section on lunch-counter terms. He says, "86, rhymes with and means 'nix,' usually called out from cook to waiter or waitress, meaning 'we're all out of it, we don't have any.' Also used to mean 'no sale' and as a code meaning a person is not to be served, because he is broke, drunk, etc."
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