Some claim that it derives from an
American custom of indicating who the card dealer is by stabbing a buckhorn
knife into the table in front of him. What cliché is
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pass the buck
Purportedly, the marker was called a
buck (from buckhorn
knife ) and it marked the current dealer. When the buck is passed to
the next player, the next player deals.
However, this is a disputed etymology. According to
the Online Etymology Dictionary, "The
buck is any inanimate object, usually knife or
pencil, which is thrown into a jack pot and temporarily taken by the winner of
the pot. Whenever the deal reaches the holder of the buck, a new jack pot must be made." (Source:
Draw Poker by J.W. Keller (1877))
Presumably this (either of these) is also the source of the Truman's
trademark phrase, "The buck stops here."
[Mootguy: The first recorded instance of "buck" in the sense
of "responsibility" is from 1912. Thus, when Truman says "The buck
stops here" he's saying that "the responsibility stops
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find the answer. The board-game questions are a bit
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