The Corner

You Try to Be Nice…

…and they throw stuff at you. Blogger David M.

was reading The Corner last

night:

“National Review’s John Derbyshire has just been engaged in a bit of

cribbage blogging: ‘Fifteen two, fifteen four, fifteen six, and two for his

heels.’ Where I come from, his heels is counted as soon as the deck is cut

and the start card is shown (if that card happens to be a jack). His heels

is not scored along with the hand, as in Mr. Derbyshire’s example. Perhaps

Mr. Derbyshire is thinking of his nobs, which is indeed scored with the

hand, but is worth only one point.”

Where **I** come from, David, it’s “one for his nob” in the hand score. I

thought that would be mis-interpreted, though, so I substituted “two for his

heels.” Who knew that any Americans had even HEARD of cribbage?

(Although, now I come to think of it, there is a cribbage reference in that

1970s movie THE STING.)

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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