Posted by: episystechpubs | December 28, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Card Shark or Card Sharp?

Good morning. I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. I enjoyed some time with my extremely loud, exuberant family.

We had a friendly family game of 31 on Boxing Day (December 26th). 31 is a card game that’s easy to learn and fun to play. If you’re interested, you can find the rules here.

I didn’t win the game, but I didn’t lose miserably either. I finished somewhere in the middle. And I made this comment: “Well, I’m not really a card sharp.”

Everyone looked at me like I’d just lit my eyelashes on fire. They all insisted that the term is “card shark” not “card sharp.” And they didn’t insist politely. They attacked like a swarm of killer bees. In my own house. Right after I fed them dinner.

And this is why I love Google. My sister whipped out her phone and informed everyone that both terms are correct. A few sources I’ve looked at since then state that a card sharp is someone who cheats at cards while a card shark is someone who spends a lot of time playing cards and is very good at it.

Turns out, I should have said “shark.” It’s more in line with what I meant, but I won’t tell them that now.

Donna Bradley Burcher | Senior Technical Editor | Symitar®

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