25 March 2009

Snake Eyes

I learned a new word!
ambsace (AYM-zays) noun, also amesace

1. The double ace, the lowest throw of the dice with one spot showing uppermost on both dice.

2. The smallest amount of anything.

3. Bad luck.

[From Middle English ambes as, from Old French, from Latin ambas (both) + as (aces).]

"O noble, prudent folk in happier case!
Your dice-box doth not tumble out ambsace ..."
Geoffrey Chaucer; The Man of Law's Tale; The Canterbury Tales; 1380.

[found on A.Word.A.Day *** Image ToyVault.com]
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