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Old February 13, 2011, 04:01 AM
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There are in Spain lots of games with cards for example, brisca, mus, la escoba, etc...
Before starting playing cards we usually shaffle the cards and then pile them up to cortar, that means to divide them into half, how do we say, cortar in this case. And do you have an equivalent to Brisca, Mus, La escoba etc... in English?
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Old February 13, 2011, 04:34 AM
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A very complicated expression:

To cut the cards


And there is only one card game worth mentioning: bridge
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Old February 13, 2011, 10:13 AM
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There are in Spain lots of games with cards for example, brisca, mus, la escoba, etc...
Before starting playing cards we usually shuffle the cards and then pile them up to cortar, that means to divide them into half, how do we say, cortar in this case. And do you have an equivalent to Brisca, Mus, La escoba etc... in English?
I would cut a deck rather than the cards, but I agree with Perikles on the verb, at least.
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Old February 13, 2011, 12:23 PM
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do you have an equivalent for brisca and mus?
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Old February 13, 2011, 01:49 PM
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When you "cut" the deck you "partes" from the verb "partir".

Unfortunately I have never heard of the card games you've mentioned other than "bridge"

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@Elaina: That's the Mexican variation, but "cortar" will also be well understood around here.
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do you have an equivalent for brisca and mus?
Wikipedia calls them briscola and mus, but I don't know them and suspect that quite a lot of people won't.
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And do you have an equivalent to Brisca, Mus, La escoba etc... in English?
The format of Spanish cards is so different to English ones that I doubt whether any of these games have a direct equivalent in English, although some would have similar strategies.

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I would cut a deck rather than the cards
That's interesting. I've been playing cards (almost always bridge) for what seems like centuries. Before a hand, someone shuffles and then asks another to cut. I must have done this tens of thousands of times. I have never (consciously) been asked to cut a deck.

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I'm not certain whether it's an influence from books on conjuring tricks, which I was into well before I started playing bridge.
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