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What playing cards terms do you know

Post by mr greenwood » 13 Feb 2018, 06:21

Hi all, I am interested in what terms are used when handling the cards, such as shuffling, mending, cutting, I just read a new term, to me, sowing I have no idea what that means. So in this big wide world of cards what terms do you know ?.

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Re: What playing cards terms do you know

Post by kyan » 13 Feb 2018, 16:55

never heard of sowing either.

one term which delights me is riffle shuffle. i like the way it sounds. it’s also called the weave, faro, or dovetail shuffle.

it’s the shuffle that looks impressive, a two part shuffle that makes a lovely sound.

the first part is the riffle, the second part (which is optional) is called the cascade.

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Post by Nemia » 14 Feb 2018, 07:06

In German, we use some French words connected to the world of playing cards (used also when German cards are used). The pile or stack of cards is called a talon. The word Patience, one of my favorite pastimes, is also pronounced the French way. And many old Patience games have lovely traditional names - the Harp, the Flute, Prince Bismarck, the Four Queens, the Bulgarian Question, the Quadrille, the Lady from Koenigsberg, the Lady from Mecklenburg, the Wedding Procession ... everything connected to Patience is so aristocratic :icon_e_biggrin: except for its use as computer game. I still like to use my dear old cards.

I didn't learn cartomancy from my grandmothers but one had a huge collection of old playing card decks (German and French) that I loved to look at with a magnifying glass, and the other taught me Patience (and crochet - two obsessions I clearly inherited from her! oh, and she loved crystals and Expressionist art, too, and I was really influenced by her).

Then, I love the fact that playing cards are so international. I have French, German, Swiss/Hungarian (magyar kartya) and Spanish (barajas) playing cards, and I love them all :-) I like to see the suit and rank names in different languages.


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German Bergmann/miners cards

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Spanish Baraja espanola

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Swiss/Hungarian Tellkarten or magyar kartya

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Re: What playing cards terms do you know

Post by kyan » 14 Feb 2018, 16:53

lovely cards, nemia! i love the bergmann card.

it’s so strange, because i just got done reading about the amber room at the Koenigsberg castle and then i saw your post. maybe the lady knows what happened to the amber panels. :icon_e_wink:

(you also mention expressionism, and just today i collaged a lovers card using art from a modern painter that is quite expressionist!)


also, talon is a great word to describe a stack of cards. i’ve not heard it used before, but it sounds like a good term to use for tarot.

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Post by mr greenwood » 04 Mar 2018, 15:24

Hi all, another term I have just come across is running your cards, or run your cards. I found it on youtube when searching for the Duggins- briggs method of reading, a Mrs Briggs shows there family ! method. I belive She lives in one of the southern sates of America, it may be a term that is used a lot down there.

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Re: What playing cards terms do you know

Post by kyan » 04 Mar 2018, 20:52

mr greenwood wrote:
04 Mar 2018, 15:24
Hi all, another term I have just come across is running your cards, or run your cards.

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what does it mean, is it the same as sowing?

i often wonder what the term is for fanning the cards out in a long straight line and then flipping them over, and back and forth, using a single card held on its edge... it’s a neat trick i learned as a kid. :icon_e_smile:

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Re: What playing cards terms do you know

Post by mr greenwood » 05 Mar 2018, 07:17

Hi, it means dealing the cards for a spread, to read your fortune. As far as I know.

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Re: What playing cards terms do you know

Post by kyan » 05 Mar 2018, 15:38

mr greenwood wrote:
05 Mar 2018, 07:17
Hi, it means dealing the cards for a spread, to read your fortune. As far as I know.
ok... that sounds like sowing, too. i tend to call that “laying them out” for tarot.

here’s a glossary of playing card terms:

https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_card_game_terms

for run it says:

Run — A combination of playing cards where cards have consecutive rank values.

i suppose you could get a good run in a tarot reading as well! :icon_e_biggrin:

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