Daily Archive for Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

wsj yay hay!

“>thank you neil
tall like cary grant
voice deep and resonant

poker:

The Online Etymology Dictionary
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poker (2) Look up poker at 
Dictionary.com
“card game,” 1834, Amer.Eng., perhaps from the first element of Ger. Pochspiel, name of a card game similar to poker, from pochen “to brag as a bluff,” lit. “to knock, rap” (see poke (v.)). Another version traces the word to Fr. poque, also said to have been a card game resembling poker. The earlier version of the game in Eng. was called brag. Slang poker face “deadpan” is from 1885.

bluff comes closer than bet to the essence of the game