Odd book

Toby Thain toby at telegraphics.com.au
Fri May 8 07:24:18 CDT 2020

On 2020-05-08 7:15 AM, Chris Zach via cctalk wrote:
> "Trimmed" is a term meaning "scammed" back in the 1920's usually by a
> confidence man. The goal of a confidence game was typically to "trim a
> mark" for example.
> In this context the author was probably saying that not only did they
> get beaten, they got beaten bad in what appeared to be a "rigged game".

Alright, you got me -- how do you "rig" TTT?


> I highly recommend the book "The Big Con" by David Maurer. Written in
> the mid to late 1930's it's a fascinating and informative look into the
> language, argot, and methods of the classic confidence man. A skill that
> seems to be coming back into vogue these days....
> C
> On 5/8/2020 4:11 AM, Ali via cctalk wrote:
>>> Consider the possibility that the writer took "did not lose 5 times in
>>> a
>>> row", and wrote that as "WON 5 times in a row".
>> Not following Fred. The writer wrote: "We got trimmed in five straight
>> games, and the vice-president in charge of marketing seemed very much
>> pleased." The slang is a bit before my time but I read this as the human
>> player lost five times in a row to the computer. Am I reading it wrong
>> or am
>> I missing something?
>> -Ali

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