[Ads-l] 1849 use of "buck" in a "brag" (~=poker) game

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Wed May 9 10:14:00 EDT 2018

The word "buck" has many meanings (including "buck" meaning "dollar," based on a buckskin trading equivalent in the western U.S. in the early 1800s), here's a possible antedating of "buck" somewhat but maybe not quite as used in the game of poker, here called by the forerunner of poker called "brag."

"....The game had progressed for some time, when the 'pot' having been doubled and a ten dollar 'buck' had started, the brag had passed to the Colonel...."

Southern Sentinel, Plaquemine, Louisiana, Nov. 29, 1849 p. 1 col. 5.

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The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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