Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Wed Jan 11 03:56:48 UTC 2012

I checked my Mac dictionary, and it says that kibitzing refers to someone who is not playing giving advice. That's what I recall from my childhood, too.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

On Jan 10, 2012, at 7:53 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:

> "We" called it kibitzing, but we were doing a lot more of it in bridge
> than in poker. Priorities, priorities... Poker was a much more serious
> game. (But don't tell the guys I played with who ended up on national
> teams for bridge--they took it quite seriously.)
>     VS-)
> On 1/10/2012 10:40 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>> There's also the verb "to coffeehouse" (and the gerund "coffeehousing") =
>> used in poker to refer to the practice of chatting during play, =
>> typically with the intention of misrepresenting the strength of one's =
>> hand.  Not in the OED, but it may be a spinoff of a compound verb that =
>> is, with fox-hunting related cites going back to 1861:
>> coffee-house, v.
>> To indulge in gossip (orig. while waiting for the hounds to draw a =
>> covert, etc., during a fox-hunt)
>> LH

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