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smut

smut n

A card game in which the loser of each round must submit to being marked on the face, usu with soot; hence v smut to apply soot to (someone’s face) in such a game. chiefly Sth, S Midl
1849 (2007) Mersman Whiskey Merchant’s Diary 222 MO, We amused ourselves with drinking Catawba Wine, Punch and Playing Smut, which agreable Smutty game was Successfully played until 12 oclock. Then Nulsen, who was a little tipsy wanted to black all the Lady’s. 1858 in 1984 Edmonds Jrls. 12 cnVA, I joined them playing smut. Alfred and I in partnership, and cheated like all the world, but at last he got the smut four times, and then quit. 1883 Atlanta Constitution (GA) 29 July 2/2 neGA (as of 1844), We spread down an army blanket on the dirt floor, and the gals and we’uns sat around cross-legged like tailors on a board and played smut. In refined society it is usual to burn the little end of a cork and make a little black dot on the face of the one who is beaten. Old man Reid soon felt the warming influence of the mountain dew, and we conspired against him, and when he was to be smutted them gals and us would spit on our hands, rub them on the chimney back, and give old Reid’s face a swipe. 1887 Atlantic Mth. 60.34 KY, There was . . a dingy pack of cards with which we learned to play Old Maid and Smut. 1906 San Antonio Sun. Light (TX) 11 Feb 11/5, Afternoon Card aPrty [sic]. . . Bid euchre was the game played in the front parlor, while in the other smut, a source of much amusement. 1931 Commerce Weekly Farm Jrl. (TX) 6 Nov 7/4, Many active and interesting games were played, including the famous game of “Smut.” 1937 in 1979 Amer. Slave Suppl. 2 2.337 MS (as of c1850) [Black], Dey let us play wid the white chillen. . . We’d play smut. The white folks’d give us cards and who evva beat, he git to smut yuh. Take de smut from fiah-place and rub on yo face. 1967–70 DARE (Qu. DD35, . . Card games) Infs MS80, NC54, SC26, 32, 40, 45, TN62, Smut; LA2, Smut—a kid game; LA6, Smut—the one left to the last, that’s the one get the smut on him; [(Qu. EE40, . . Table games . . using dice) Inf GA18, Cootie, Monopoly, smut, solitaire]. 1975 MT Std. (Butte) 6 May 5/3, [Caption:] John Brown is engrossed in a game of smut. His partner . . explained, “It’s just back alley. The loser gets smutted.” 2005 DARE File—Internet UT, We had dinner and played the family card game of Smut. Its basically a card game where the first one out gets to put makeup or something else dirty all over the looser’s face. 2012 Ibid AL, I can see Orie and all who went before him, playing a game of “pitch”. “High - Low - Jack - and the Game.” Don’t forget the cork, gotta have a game of smut.
See quot. Cf sleeper n 4
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