Knaves & Jacks

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5 comments on this post.
  1. Tygr:

    One of my father’s favorite quotes on the subject:

    “A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a
    base, proud, shallow, beggarly … action-taking knave” Earl of Kent, King Lear; Act II, Scene 2.

  2. Louise Hope:

    I always thought Harold Russell was the guy who won an Oscar for getting his arms shot off.

  3. Dan S.:

    I read somewhere that “Jack” became the common term for the card when letters were added for easy identification; “K” stood for King, so some other letter had to be used for what had been called the Knave. Perhaps they could have used “N” as a phonetic rendering of Knave, but they didn’t.

  4. Sam Long:

    If we still used Anglo-Saxon lables for cards, we would have “C” for “cyning”, king; “C” for “cwen”, queen; and “C” for “cnafa”, knave. Then things would be really confusing.

  5. YossiD:

    In Hebrew, the knave/jack has been promoted to royalty and is called “nasich” meaning prince.

    I wonder why there isn’t a fourth face card with a lady servant/princess.

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