"Rube" 1846?

Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Mon Dec 27 20:25:29 UTC 2004

Wilson Gray wrote:

> What's it mean to be "playing the thimble rig, commonly called the
> little Joker"?

Thimble rig is better known in North America, I believe, as the shell
game, perhaps because it was played using half walnut shells. British
thimbleriggers traditionally used household thimbles.

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
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