hist-games: pinochle terminology question

Wolfersberger, Nicole A nwolfers at indiana.edu
Fri Jan 26 19:33:36 PST 2007

hi all

Just a curiosity -- I learned Pinochle from my grandparents, who always 
referred to the meld consisting of trump A-10-K-Q-J as a "book."  
Everyone else I know calls this a "run" or "family."  I looked on 
Wikipedia and a few other places but I can't find anyone else that 
calls this a "book" except my family!  Wondering if anyone has any idea 
where that might have come from.  My grandparents were Pennsylvania 
Dutch, maybe it has something to do with that?


"I am sorry I have not learned to play at cards. It is very useful in life:
it generates kindness and consolidates society." (Samuel Johnson, 1709-84)

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