Posted by Bruce Harris Bentzman on April 20, 2000

In SHU's list of phrases, I find the following explanation for "86":
An alternative possibility for the source of this phrase, as I have had it, is that '86 is the year they ran out of gold in California. '49, as in forty-niner, is the year gold was discovered in California.

  • 86 ESC 04/21/00
  • 86 Adieu 04/20/00