@ all, thank you.
6 @ Dragon" -- "Now, "86ed" is an expression I have never heard or read. Is it AE for "sold out"?---
This is what I found..http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/255/...
The term derives via a roundabout route from a number code allegedly in wide use in 1920s diners and soda fountains. 86 supposedly meant, "We're all out of the item ordered," said by the cook or some other honcho to a soda jerk or similar minion.
eighty-six is used in the widespread sense 'to reject; discard', among other senses. The etymology is a more difficult question.http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?d...
The earliest related use of eighty-six was as a restaurant code word meaning that an item was out of stock. The use of number-codes in restaurants was apparently widespread, and was used both for brevity and secrecy. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eig...Dictionary: offDictionary: rained
This should be (BE) too: The game was rained off.
be rained off (or North American out)
(of an event) be cancelled or terminated because
of rain: the match was rained off.
To force the cancellation or postponement of (an outdoor event) because of rain. Used in passive constructions: The ball game was rained out. AHD
PHRASAL VERBS: rain something out
(usu. be rained out)
cause an event to be terminated or canceled because of rain: the tournament was rained out. NOAD