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Hoyle (hoil) noun

A reference book of rules for card games and other indoor games. Idiom: according to Hoyle: In accord with the prescribed rules or regulations.

[After Edmond Hoyle (1672?-1769), British writer on games.]

"I try to do this correctly, according to Hoyle, or his Norwegian counterpart." Pearl Swiggum, The Joy of Gifts..., Wisconsin State Journal, 6 Jan 1997.

Eponyms -- AWAD's perennial favorites -- make their appearance once again. There is a reason for their popularity: where else can you a find a whole story in just one word? This week's selection features words named after people famous and infamous, real and fictional, well-known and obscure. -Anu

P.S. There were no postings on Sat and Sun due to network problems.


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