I'm removing the stub link from this page; I think it's gone far enough beyond stub status. Segekihei 03:46, 6 Feb 2005 (UTC)
What was the number of the sheep that tried the Serta mattress? 86? 98? 68? ShutterBugTrekker 22:08, 2 August 2005 (UTC)
86ed - etymology
I cleaned up this section a bit but I think a short mention that the etymology is simply unknown with a few examples might be worthwhile. For example goggle and I just found this article which gives three possible sources only one of which is in the article:
- Article 86 of the New York State Liquor Code
- defines the circumstances in which a bar patron should be refused alcohol or '86ed'.
- The Soup Kitchen Theory
- during the depression of the 1930s, soup kitchens would often make just enough soup for 85 people. If you were next in line after number 85, you were '86ed'.
- The Eight Feet By Six Feet Theory
- A coffin is usually eight feet long and is buried six feet under. Once in your coffin you've been 'eight by sixed', which shortens to '86ed'.
Note: Coffins are actually buried only two feet below ground level, not six feet under as is commonly thought (my stepfather worked for our municipality and one of his numerous dutied was digging the graves at our city's cemeteries.) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 20:56, 14 September 2007 (UTC)
"is a reference to Article 86 of the New York State Liquor Code which defines the circumstances that a patron should be refused service, or "86'd"." is stated twice.. Once in a large paragraph, then directly below as its own line. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 00:57, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
Also note: The hole is eight feet long and six feet deep to accommodate the coffin, even though the coffin is under only two feet of dirt the hole is eight by six. The body is still six feet under. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 12:57, 22 April 2009 (UTC)
I find it misleading to describe "the dimensions of a grave hole being dug to 8' by 6'.", apparently meaning 8' long by 6' DEEP. I would assume "x' by y'" measures to be length and width, not length and depth. Jeff Grigg (talk) 13:15, 3 October 2009 (UTC)
Article 86 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice is the one dealing with "AWOL" status, i.e absence without leave, i.e, missing. This could also be an etymologic origin of the meaning: "to eighty six" is to make it "dissapear". — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 19:07, 23 August 2011 (UTC)
I wonder also if the verb form of "86" (meaning "to get rid of") became more widespread and/or gained any greater popularity after the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima (on 8/6/1945). 18.104.22.168 20:24, 12 August 2007 (UTC)