Etymology of "Eighty-Six"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Nov 7 14:47:42 UTC 2008

On another list serv there is discussion about the derivation of "eighty-six."  I posted that the rhyming-slang-from-"nix" derivation was unproven.  Am I correct about this?

Fred Shapiro

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