Want to totally impress your waiter? Here’s what to say

While you're breezily snapping a flat lay of your egg bennie brunch, you catch a glimpse of your server carrying 21 plates (without dropping one) back to the kitchen and somehow managing to keep smile on his face when a diner stops him to request a twirly straw. Want to show your waiter some love? NYC server Tim Dunn clued us into industry lingo you can use to make a crazy shift a little easier.

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Server

We know we used “waiter” up top, but “server” is a nicer term.

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[Number]-Top

The number of people in a party. A four-top, for example, is a table for four.

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Deuce

Two-top. (Now we’re getting fancy.)

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Behind

Remember those 21 plates your server’s juggling? Make sure he doesn’t stumble into you when you’re behind him by telling him so.

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SOS

Not an emergency, just sauce on the side. 

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Bev Naps

Those little square napkins that go under drinks—yes, they have a name.

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86

When you want to nix something from an order. (“I’ll have the Cobb salad, 86 the bacon.”) Servers also use it if something’s run out on the menu. (“The salmon’s 86-ed.”) 

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Fire it

As in: "We're gonna order a bunch of apps, but could you fire the calamari first?" This way, you’ll get it sooner.

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Campers

People who’ve eaten, paid and are just camping out. A little chitchat is fine, but don’t be a camper, OK?

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Double

Aka double shift. If your server says they’re working one, it probably means they’re exhausted.

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MOD

Manager on duty. (“That brunch was amazing, please tell the MOD we had a great time and we’ll definitely be back.”) 

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