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Spanish translation: ... palo... ...desgraciado...

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19:45 Sep 28, 2000
English to Spanish translations [PRO]
English term or phrase: "nob", "one for the starter", "two for his heels" "Muggins"(Cribbage card game)
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"To begin play (called “pegging”), the dealer turns up the top card of the stock. This card is called “one for the starter.” If this card is a Jack, the dealer immediately “pegs two” (advances his peg two spaces), traditionally called “two for his heels.”

"Any Jack of the same suit as the starter card scores one point (for “nobs”).

"One game option is called Muggins, which means that if your opponent forgets to claim any points, you’re allowed to yell “Muggins!” and claim the points for yourself. (The knowledge of who or what a Muggins is has long been lost to us. The word is also used in a form of Dominoes, though with a different meaning.) "

One advice: if you can´t play cards NEVER say Yes to a translation of a card game...

Gracias!
Félix
Félix Saiz
Spain
Spanish translation:... palo... ...desgraciado...
Explanation:
Crib or cribbage is a traditional English card game which, due to its roots, is accompanied by some rather odd practices of scoring points by pegging and verbally counting and announcing the points in your hand. For example: "Fifteen-two, fifteen-four, pair's six, pair's eight, three (for a run)'s eleven, and one for his nob's a dozen".
Such terms, Félix are as you suggest, untranslatable. I wouldn't bother trying. It's like trying to translate "olé".

A "muggins" (singular noun), however has a common meaning. It's an unfortunate fellow, a simpleton, a dupe or a victim, translated as "tonto" as in someone who will always oblige. "Don't worry! Muggins'll clear up the mess for us"...


"One for his nob" is when you have a jack in your hand the same suit as the turn-up card, or the "one for the starter" as you call it. I'd translate this maybe as "Un punto por ser del mismo palo (que la carta de encima de la baraja)... pero es muy torpe.
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Local time: 03:41
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Félix
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... palo... ...desgraciado...


Explanation:
Crib or cribbage is a traditional English card game which, due to its roots, is accompanied by some rather odd practices of scoring points by pegging and verbally counting and announcing the points in your hand. For example: "Fifteen-two, fifteen-four, pair's six, pair's eight, three (for a run)'s eleven, and one for his nob's a dozen".
Such terms, Félix are as you suggest, untranslatable. I wouldn't bother trying. It's like trying to translate "olé".

A "muggins" (singular noun), however has a common meaning. It's an unfortunate fellow, a simpleton, a dupe or a victim, translated as "tonto" as in someone who will always oblige. "Don't worry! Muggins'll clear up the mess for us"...


"One for his nob" is when you have a jack in your hand the same suit as the turn-up card, or the "one for the starter" as you call it. I'd translate this maybe as "Un punto por ser del mismo palo (que la carta de encima de la baraja)... pero es muy torpe.


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Andrew Clarke
Local time: 03:41
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 8
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Félix
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