Lexicon Valley: Lexicographer Ben Zimmer on eighty-six and the origins of a bizarre food-industry code.

So You Just Got Eighty-Sixed From a Bar. Why That Number?

So You Just Got Eighty-Sixed From a Bar. Why That Number?

A show about the mysteries of English.
Dec. 14 2015 9:23 AM

So You Just Got Eighty-Sixed From a Bar. Why That Number?

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the early-20th-century origins of a bizarre food-industry code with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

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Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the word/number eighty-six with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on the word, visit Zimmer’s Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com.

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