Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 10:31:26 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Betting pot (Was Re: Christmas Potpourri....) At 03:50 AM 12/27/97 EST, you wrote: >POT > > This is from the New York Sun, 5 June 1871, pg. 1, col. 3. In describing >a game of dominoes, "he who has the best hand takes the money in 'the >pot'--that is, the money to which each player contributed at the outset of the >game." > The word "pot" is explained as a new or unfamiliar word would be. > OED2 pot n.1 meaning 9e has citations back to 1847 (beginning in the US) in the sense of the stake or pool in a betting game, based on the older idea of "pot of gold" etc. (see 9a through 9d). Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]