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Edmond Hoyle – He Made the Rules

Posted on June 16th, 2008

Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769), also known as Edmund Hoyle, One of the more famous portraits of Edmond Hoyle.was a gentleman and writer best known as an expert on the rules and playing strategies of card games. The well-known phrase “according to Hoyle” became part of the language as a reflection of Hoyle being considered the ultimate authority on the subject of card and board games.

The phrase “according to Hoyle” is most often used in situations when a speaker wants to indicate that his comment is based on some acknowledged level of authority, especially when a direct written reference is not available. In other words, a speaker is asserting that what he is saying or proposing is based on the highest authority and in accord with a strict set of rules. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bad news – Mom said we’re not related

Posted on June 15th, 2008

I loved school and always scored excellent grades in History classes. I didn’t care if it was American or World History, I loved anything to do with famous people and events from the past.

During my studies I always had a nagging curiosity about where my ancestors would have been and what they were doing during major historic events. Were some of my ancestors famous knights going on the Crusades? Were others soldiers during the Napoleonic wars? Were any involved in the American Revolution or the Civil War? If so, who’s side were they on? Were they “johnny rebs” or did they wear Union blue? Did any of my family meet George Washington or Robert E. Lee in person? Read the rest of this entry »

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