"According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, "86" is a slang term that is used in the American popular culture as a transitive verb to mean throw out or get rid of, particularly in the food service industry as a term to describe an item no longer available on the menu, or to refuse service to a customer.
"Electrician slang. "An 86 device is a LOCKOUT breaker or LOCKoutrelay, meaning a type of relay that must deliberately and manually be reset to avoid remote resetting without physical inspection. Linemen and other power system technicians familiar with the term were working their way across America as the country was electrified. The term "being 86ed" could have originated from their tendency to be 86ed (thrown out or locked out) of bars or other establishments." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/86_(term)
"United States Navy decommissioning. Another possible origin is from the U.S. Navy's Allowance Type (AT) coding system used for logistic purposes. Anything referred to as AT-6 (or by similar phonetic, eighty-six) was to be disposed of in the dumpster. This is where the term became synonymous with throwing something away.
"Literature. Klein's 2006 book The History and Stories of the Best Bars of New York tells the story that, when the police would very kindly call ahead before a prohibition-era raid, they would tell the bartender to '86' his customers, meaning they should scram out the 86 Bedford door, while the police would come to the Pamela Court entrance.
"Empire State Building suicides. The first or lower elevators only went as far as the observation promenade on the 86th floor, and sometimes people would jump off the 86th floor to commit suicide.
"Camera filter. The term 86 may come from the movie business in Hollywood. When shooting on color film, a camera needs an 85 filter (amber in color) to balance the daylight. When moving indoors under tungsten light the filter is removed or replaced with a clear filter and this was referred to as the 86 filter.
"Hollywood. John Barrymore, a movie star of the 1920s famous for his acting and infamous for his drinking: "There was a bar in the Belasco building ... but Barrymore was known in that cubby as an 'eighty-six'. An 'eighty-six', in the patois of western dispensers, means: 'Don't serve him.'
"Gore Vidal's play Visit to a Small Planet. Kreton, an alien with special powers. To activate his powers, he used number commands, one of which was 86 and that destroyed things. He kills a plant by saying "eighty-six" and later threatens to kill someone with the same command number.
"HIV. In 1989, David B. Feinberg, published the novel "Eighty-sixed" contrasting life in New York just before HIV to life in 1986 when AIDS had become a major health crisis in the city."
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Properties of the number 86
- The word Lord in Hebrew gives 86 as numerical value, just as the word Elohim: phe, aleph, he, giving 86 = 80+1+5.
- The numerical value of Hebrew word ELLVIE, meaning alleluia, and MLVI, meaning plenitude or abundance, gives each one 86.
- The number 86 is used once in the Bible.
- In the NRSV seven numbers are multiple of 86, the sum of their occurrences giving 12.