Further Antedating of "Joker" (Cards)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Mar 25 10:52:03 UTC 2013

joker (OED, 3.b., 1885)

1870 _Turf, Field, and Farm_ 11 Feb. 87 (American Periodical Series)  In playing Euchre with a blank card for the "Joker," 1st.  My opponent upon my right in turning up trump turns up the "Joker," what card then becomes the trump?

Fred Shapiro

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