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Which term is more likely to have been used in Georgia around 1893? I found a British website which explains the origin of the modern game known as American pool (http://www.tradgames.org.uk/games/Pool.htm.) They say that all the predecessor of all modern "pocket billiards" games was American fifteen-ball pool or "sixty-one pool." They also say that "continuous" pool (the same as fifteen-ball pool but with a different scoring system) replaced fifteen-ball pool as the championship game in 1888. What I am not sure of, however, is if the generic term for these games was "billiards," "pool," or something else in the 1890s American South.

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This type of question is fine, provided that you first do your own research and include the results in the question before asking for expert help. –  MετάEd Apr 20 '13 at 13:43
    
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This term pocket billiards. I do not think it means what you think it means. –  Brian Hooper Apr 20 '13 at 18:28

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The South is a pretty big place, but—at least in Virginia in the 1890s—billiards, pocket billiards, and pool were all commonly enough played (and gambled on) to draw the baleful eye of the state legislature. Here is the first half of section 2835 of chapter 228 of the state code of Virginia "relating to dealings with students and gaming" (approved February 8, 1898):

What dealings with students prohibited.—If any money be lent or advanced, or anything sold or let to him, or for playing billiards, pocket billiards, pool, and bagatelle on credit to or for the use of any student or pupil under twenty-one years of age at the University of Virginia, Virginia military institute, or any incorporated college in this state, without the previous permission in writing of his parent or guardian or the authorized officers of such institution, nothing shall be recovered therefor, and there shall, moreover, be forfeited to the institution twenty dollars, and the amount or value of such money or other thing. [[emphasis in original]]

I wonder how frequently the authorized officers of the University of Virginia gave prior written permission to students to borrow money to play billiards with.

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