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Why is the right jack in cribbage also called “his Knobs”?

Before we got married, my husband taught me cribbage as his way of showing me how important our relationship was to him. One of the points in cribbage is for having "the right jack," or the jack ...
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A function in computer games to send messages by selecting them from a preset list rather than typing

Is there a term describing a popular feature in modern computer games, where players can send messages during the game by selecting messages for typical situations from a predefined list rather than ...
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Alternative word for Karma, but when nothing is expected in return

I'm creating a monopoly style game that allows people to "win" in any of these 3 areas: capitalism (traditional monopoly) karma giving Giving with no expectation of return I'm having trouble ...
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What does “run’n’gun” mean? [closed]

I found the term "run’n’gun" in an article about video games. What does it mean in that context?
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How to tell someone that he is in the X% best players in a leaderboard?

I'm working on a game/web app. I display a leaderboard to the players with their rank and their score. I'd also like to display the "part" of best players they are in percentage (e. g. if there are ...
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What do you call this very old game once played by sailors?

This very old game was already in decline when I was born and it may have died out completely since then. Because of its simplicity, it used to be popular with sailors and men drinking at pubs, and ...
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Origin of the chess term “checkmate”

An attack on a king is called "check", why is an attack that guarantees the capture of a king called checkmate? What is the origin?
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“Flowers” card suit?

Is there some time or place where the clubs card suit is called "flowers" in English? This is their usual name in such languages as Italian ("fiori"), but has it ever been the case in English? I ...
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A perfect (honest) pangram that is understandable for a regular native user?

Pangrams were pure wordplays, that because of IT has become a nice tool to test keyboard and fonts, assuming they are easy to remember and short. Therefore perfect pangrams are so nice: you don't need ...
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Correct terminology for items carried on a fictional starship? [closed]

I'm working on a sci-fi video game project that involves starships and simulation of life on board. I'm wondering what the correct term would be for an abstracted overview for the player of what is on ...
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Rules for Gibberish When the Infix Starts with a Consonant [closed]

The Wikipedia article, Gibberish (language game), provides some rules for inserting various infixes into english words. For example, if the infix is "idig" then the following words are translated as ...
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When did “creep” get associated with computer controlled units in games?

I first saw this term in use for neutral units in Warcraft 3 (released 2002), and then that got carried through derivatives such as Dota (2003). Was Warcraft 3 the first time creep was used as a ...
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What is the plural form of “weremoose”?

From The Kingdom of Loathing website: The Pretty Good Escape Subject 37, in the Cobb's Knob Menagerie, wants some spit from one of the weremooses on Level 2. He also wants to know the right ...
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Is there a name to describe a video game player who plays for aesthetics?

Word to describe a video game player who plays for aesthetics or other useless-in-game achievements? I'd go with overachiever but it doesn't sound like internet slang, nor is it very concise. Related ...
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“polished surfaces reflect brutal efficiency” meaning?

This is the description of the location "The Ebony Barracks" in Act 3 of Path of Exile. I wasn't too sure whether to ask it here or in Gaming.SE since it is English related. What is the meaning of ...
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Word to describe something similar to a crook?

Imagine someone that parades around under fake identities on an internet game, breaking the rules of the game but never getting caught. Using his self-made tools only for himself and perhaps to help ...
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Correct way to write High Scores? (Possibly High Scores or Hi Scores)? [duplicate]

Which of these (if any) would be the correct term for a leader boards type of thing? I've seen HighScores fairly often, but I've only ever seen a game called RuneScape using the term "HiScores". (I ...
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What is the name of a pick-up-sticks or jackstraws pile?

Is there a specific name (a single word or phrase) for the pile, heap, nest, clump, cluster, configuration, stack or arrangement of sticks or shapes used in pick-up-sticks or jackstraws, when piled up ...
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Are all officially recognized Scrabble words English?

Looking at the official complete two-letter Scrabble word list, I cannot help but wonder whether they are even based on real English words. Are they? Note: I realize the answer to this question may ...
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Are there pangrams shorter than ‘the quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog’? [closed]

Do you know pangrams shorter than the traditional ‘the quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog’ ?
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Does the game shown in the following picture have a particular name? [closed]

Does the game shown in the following picture have a particular name? (I ask because a similar game does not exist in my country and I would like know its rules.)
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Are names of games proper nouns? [closed]

Are names of games such as "cricket", "football" considered proper nouns? And should the first letter of these words be capitalized?