gin game

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 8 22:51:25 UTC 2010

If the handwriting is scrawly enough, it may be "con game," which sounds a
little weird in the context now but I think didn't in 1909.


On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 4:51 PM, George Thompson <george.thompson at>wrote:

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> From an article in today's NYTimes, section C, p. 33, headlined "Navy Yard
> 'Treasures'", about an archive and museum at the (former) Brooklyn Navy
> Yard.
> "The archive has also received a 1909 postcard showing the yard paymaster's
> house; on the back an enraged shipyard worker scrawled to his girlfriend,
> "What kind of a gin game you giving me, taking me for a damn fool?""
> not in HDAS; app. not in OED; not in Chambers Slang Dictionary.
> George A. Thompson
> Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
> Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.
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