Posted by R. Berg on January 27, 2003
In Reply to: 86 posted by Dan on January 27, 2003
: After years of working in restaurants, I asked a manager where the term "86" came from. He said that it was an old English term, deriving from the pubs. A person who was 86'd was someone who was too drunk and was limited to 86 proof.
Hmm, 86 proof seems pretty strong for a customer who's already too drunk. The archived discussion linked below (http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/4/messages/1014.html) offers some alternative ideas about the origin.