September 21st, 2015

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Saturday Word: Euchre

eu·chre [ˈyü-kər]:
origin: [1835-1845] American

A card game: played only with a "short pack" of cards numbered 9 or higher, each hand is referred to as a "trick", and you can get a chance to "trump" someone -- that is a suit deemed higher than other suits, with Jack becoming the highest (as opposed to Aces), such as Jack of Diamonds being higher would beat out Jack of Hearts despite being technically the same rank. In fact, a 9 of Diamonds would trump an Ace of Hearts under these conditions; the suit has more power than the rank.

The exact origin of this game is lost to the annals of time, hotly debated to have come from France (Ruff) or Germany (Juckerspiel) or England, still others say it's from Spanish Triomphe, modernized in America during Napoleon's time, and possibly popularized by the Pennsylvania Dutch or through Louisiana steamboats. Euchre's 1800-1900's popularity waned with the onset of Bridge, Spades, and Hearts. However, the Internet has brought a comeback with online gambling options; the game euchre is quick with both luck and skill being factors, giving both the novice & the professional an advantage!

To prevent someone from winning at the card game of the same name -- by blocking an opponents' hand (or tricks) -- or a metaphor thereof; therefore "euchre", "to euchre", "euchred", and "euchring" can also mean to scheme, trick, or plan (can imply even cheating) one's way into or out of something.

Such as: The boy euchred his sibling out of another slice of pizza, by eating his own quickly, then grabbing the very last one.

There's a Donald Trump joke in here somewhere;
perhaps something about a celebrity euchring his way into a presidential candidate?!


(Belated) Sunday Word: Parlay

par·lay [pär′lā]:
origin: [1820] American, via Italian parolo or French paroli; from Latin pār= pair.

Sum of the original stake combined with its winnings.
If the player wins 2, then bets that same 2, which wins them 4 = a parlay.

To take the winnings of one gamble and place them on another.

Informal: To take the benefits of anything, including one's own talents or achievements, and use them to procure something else of value; to successfully exploit an opportunity.

 photo dancingstar.gifexample: I'm parlaying this vocabulary post into a mention that today is my birthday! photo dancingstar.gif

Monday word: bimestrial

bimestrial (bī-mĕs′trē-əl), adj.
1. Occurring every two months; bimonthly.
2. Lasting two months.

Etymology:  Latin, bi + mensis, month.

I ran across this word while looking into last week's word:  there is a publication called The Funambulist that is "a bimestrial printed and digital magazine complemented with a blog and a podcast".  September 2015 appears to be its very first issue.