Bargaining Chip (1960, 1964)

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Wed Apr 14 07:56:20 UTC 2004

Just a guess, but maybe "bargaining chips" originally referred to the ante
chips, getting a place at the bargaining table, and maybe to upping the ante,
the price of entry. Maybe more context from the Oshkosh 1964 quote would be
worth posting.

Stephen Goranson

Quoting Bapopik at AOL.COM:

> For years I have been posing a question about "bargaining chip" that no
> one has yet answered.  This is widely assumed to be a poker metaphor, but
> I do not know of chips being used for bargaining in poker or any other
> game.  What exactly is the metaphor?
> Oshkosh Daily Northwestern - 12/2/1964
> ...the_United States 'to stay." With this BARGAINING CHIP, Washington
> managed
> to..
> Oshkosh, Wisconsin Wednesday, December 02, 1964  732 k

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