Quiz: Do You Know All of This Slang That Waiters Use?
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Do You Know All of This Slang That Waiters Use?
By: Allison Lips
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About This Quiz

When talking about restaurant lingo, there are two types. There's the old school soda jerk jargon and the phrases that restaurant employees still use today. In a few cases, words that were coined as part of diner slang in the late 1800s and early 1900s have stuck around and entered everyday use in restaurants across the United States. For example, B.L.T is often found on menu's for a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich or requesting a Cup of Joe will get you a cup of coffee. However, not all words have staying power. 

A few soda jerker words remain known because they pop up on shows like "Diners, Drive-in, and Dives" to show how American diner workers used to talk and that there are a few places keeping that spirit alive. While you and your server are unlikely to request Adam and Eve on a raft, you may know it means two eggs on toast. 

Words and phrases used in modern restaurants are less concerned with being creative and are used as shorthand. You may hear a request to 86 an item or watch a server yell behind to inform their colleague that someone is behind them so that they don't back up. 

Do you work in a restaurant? Are you a fan of old-fashioned slang? Then take this quiz to test your knowledge of the words servers use! 

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