Antedating of "Poker" (Card Game)

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Sun Jan 2 15:11:36 UTC 2011

On Jan 2, 2011, at 5:46 AM, Barbara Need wrote:

> I think "lieu" might otherwise be spelled loo, or it is in all the
> Georgian and Regency romances I have read! It is a card game and
> players could make bets on the outcome

in OED2 as the first sense of the noun "loo" (or "lu"), a clipping of earlier "lanterloo".  from the 17th century on.

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