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86.

American slang meaning to omit, do away with, stop attending, or pretend never existed (as the author fervently attempts to do with Paris Hilton). 86 is a term widely used in the food service industry to concisely communicate that the kitchen is out of a particular food item, thus servers should 86 the item from the menu. Most restaurant kitchens have an 86 board on which out-of-stock items and dishes are written for the benefit of servers. The term allegedly first achieved popularity in American greasy-spoon diners in the 1920s because it rhymed with “nix,” a colloquialism of the day meaning the same thing, and because, as a code, 86 could be spoken (or shouted) within earshot of customers without their understanding. This particular theory of the term's origin is the most plausible because 86 not only means discontinue serving this food item, but also discontinue serving this deadbeat customer. It is because of this latter variation that the term 86 gained popularity in bars and drinking establishments where it was often necessary to stop serving an inebriated patron or to have him bounced from the premises.



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