Friday, March 12, 2010

Expressions Explained, Part 6



Common entertainment included playing cards in the 1700s. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but it was only applicable to the Ace of Spades. To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase only fifty-one cards.

Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren't "playing with a full deck."


19 comments:

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Very interesting!

p.s. Love the picture on your header!

Patti said...

Love these! THANKS!

Becky K. said...

Ahhh....I'm cheap so I would likely not have been playing with a full deck either!

Becky K.

Blondie's Journal said...

Ahhh...I wasn't sure what this meant. More like a few cards may have been dropped on the floor, the way I play poker! ;-)

xoxo
Jane

April said...

I love it, Sally...keep 'em coming!

♥ Kathy said...

I'm really enjoying these posts Sally! I never knew where the phrases came from!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Now, that is truly fascinating!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Interesting, Sally.... I had always wondered where that expression came from.... I do know people who 'don't play with a full deck' for sure!!!! ha ha

Hope you are feeling well.
Hugs,
Betsy

Diane at Crafty Passions said...

Now that was interesting !
Where on earth do you find all this information ?? You smart cookie you!!
Have a good weekend.
Diane

artis1111 said...

hehehe, that is funny!!!!Kathy

Anne Fannie said...

Hey I like this. I never knew where that phrase came from. I guess I will know better when I refer to someone that isn't playing with a full deck! LOL
~Ann

Nezzy said...

Well now I know....as Paul Harvey would say, "the rest of the story!" Thanks. I couldn't help be see your post below, Congratulations sweetie on the biopsy, I will continue to pray that all goes well.

Loved the little sign. At church our pastor will say..."God is good all the time." We will respond, "All the time God is good." It's just a little thing we do!

God bless and have a super Saturday!!!

Susie Q said...

Isn't that wonderful? You always have such fun and interesting things for us!!
Your blog header photo alone gives me such joy to see...I love it!

Love,
Sue

The Muse said...

How are you feeling?
Oh you had so many praying for you...isn't that wonderful!
Of course, you mean so much to us here in blogland!

I love the post...knowledge is always a good thing :)

Now, you better go get some rest :)
I am preparing for the wedding, but I had to stop in and say hello to you!

RE blog comment: And yes, as part of designing, I have to sketch all the time,I rough everything first...and it progresses in phases. Did you see the contemporary sketch (colored stage)? I think you posted your comment while I was tweaking my post...LOL

Have a great day Sally!

Cindy said...

Great series, I'm learning.

Charlotte said...

How interesting. I love playing cards on the computer.
Charlotte

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