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    eighty-six / 86

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    "Say the names out loud, and 86 those that don't roll off the tongue."
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    Ich kann mir schon zusammenreimen, dass das "rausschmeissen" oder "löschen" bedeutet. Aber weiß jemand, wo's herkommt?
    Authorash20 Mar 08, 16:49
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    N.Y, during prohibition times it was a cue for customers of a bar (I forget the name) to leave quickly by the back door since the cops were about to raid the place.
    #1Authorlaalaa (238508) 20 Mar 08, 16:52
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    There are many possible explainations/ideas about the origins of "eighty-six". See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/86_(number) for a bunch of them.
    #2AuthorSelkie (236097) 20 Mar 08, 17:01
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    Very interesting, Selkie, thanks for that link.
    The "Empire State Building lift" one is very plausible.
    #3Authorlaalaa (238508) 20 Mar 08, 17:13
     
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