Etymology of "Eighty-Six"

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Fri Nov 7 14:51:16 UTC 2008

On Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 09:47:42AM -0500, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
> 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?


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