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18 February 2008 @ 12:46 pm
A question on slang  
Can anyone on my flist tell me if there's a British slang term for someone who is good at playing cards? Working on Spike dialogue at the moment. And if the term is specific to poker, even better.  
Shapinglight: OMG vampires!shapinglight on February 18th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
I can't think of anything, I'm afraid. The only thing that comes to mind is 'cardsharp, which may not be specificially British and in case means someone who cheats at cards.
ClawofCat: vamp spikeclawofcat on February 20th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Thanks for the response. Bless LJ for letting us all interact. It seems those that responded after you took your comment and ran with it. I think I've got what I need!
Shapinglightshapinglight on February 21st, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
So 'card sharp' is exclusively British? Well, I've learned something too. I didn't know that.
ash_carpenterash_carpenter on February 18th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
I was going to say "card sharp" too. It's probably quite an old expression, but I guess that's not so much of an issue for Spike, lol!

Specific to poker, I guess people might use the phrase "Ace", but we totally nicked that from America as far as I'm aware - it's def not British.
ClawofCat: faith spraypaintclawofcat on February 20th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for your help! Faith as a card sharp gets the vote.
eowyn_315: Oh reallyeowyn_315 on February 19th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Huh. I've never heard "card sharp" before - only card shark. Apparently, the two are somewhat synonymous (thank you Wikipedia), but shark sometimes has a more positive connotation, leaning more towards "expert" whereas the original meaning was "swindler."

Edited at 2008-02-19 12:47 am (UTC)
ClawofCat: faith squaredclawofcat on February 20th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
Looks like the vote goes to card sharp. If it looks funky during the read-through, we can work it out during the beta. Thanks ever so. Wikipedia is just delightful.
The Anti-OTPsnowpuppies on February 19th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
I ran into this issue when writing a Hermione/Ginny drabble (since we're dealing with Brits, there as well). I'd used 'card shark' which is the thing to say here. I was informed by my beta (who isn't British, but has lived in England for quite some time), that the term 'card sharp' was what she'd heard there.
ClawofCat: buffy smileclawofcat on February 20th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
Thanks for the input! Looks like everyone is in agreement about card sharp. It's great that you can throw a question out there and then get an answer within an hour. What an international little community we have here =)