Coolest name for a card game. Ever.

I’ve been re-reading a lot of the Aubrey-Maturin series lately, and this does sound like what it is. (And I apologise that it’s a little late.)

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‘A popular sea-game with cards, wherein the loser is beaten over the palms of the hands with a handkerchief tightly twisted like a rope. Very popular with horny-fisted sailors.’ Smyth Sailor’s Word-bk.

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