July 2020 Vocabulary
- 86 verb
To cross off a sold-off item off a restaurant menu, e.g., “86 the clam chowder.” When applied to people: to eject someone out of an establishment, especially for being unruly, e.g., “86 his ass!” Most likely from slang amongst soda jerks, who were using the term as early as 1933. Other soda fountain slang: 81—a glass of water; 13—one of the big bosses is drifting around; 89—a movie star is in the store; 55—root beer; 99—boss-man is here; 98—boss-man’s second in command, the “pest” is here.
- anacrisis noun
An investigation in a civil case made by torture. Originally a stage of the Ancient Greek judicial process in which all of the evidence is produced prior to the trial; the preliminary hearing.
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