Joel provides the example:

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 6 19:54:39 UTC 2008

On Sun, Jul 6, 2008 at 3:35 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

> However, among the better class of bridge-players, "six pieces of
> club," for example, is preferred to the more mundane "six clubs," when
> speaking of one's holdings. I first heard the long form spoken by a
> West Indian, leading me to regard this erroneously as a foreignism.
> Later, I had occasion to hear the jargon of bridge as used by the
> better class of players, allowing me to correct my initial
> mispreapprehension.

Does this mean six cards of the club suit? If so, it's a very sensible way
of distinguishing it from "six of clubs".

Mark Mandel

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