"We expect you on Wednesday for skat," said Mrs. Freudenthal.
In their corner the skat players were sitting over their cards.
After a time the skat players, as usual, came bursting in, talking noisily and red of face.
Even the skat players gave their attention for a few moments at a time.
Players of skat will readily recognize these terms and the value of the cards.
He could not see it, but when he had poked among the bushes and cried ‘skat!’
With a double dummy, the French way, or Norwegian skat, if you like.
It is also a ready reference on all rulings and plays up to the present time, a condensed glossary on the game of skat.
Dirty playing cards were dug out and soon there was a real German skat game in full swing.
skat, skat, n. a game played with thirty-two cards as in Piquet, and said to have been invented in 1817 in Altenburg.
card game, 1864, from German Skat (by 1838), from earlier scart (said to have been a term used in the old card game called taroc, which was of Italian origin), from Italian scarto "cards laid aside," which is said to be a back-formation from scartare, from Latin ex- "off, away" + Late Latin carta (see card (n.1)). The German game is perhaps so called because it is played with a rump deck, or because two cards are laid aside at the start of the game, or because discarding is an important part of the game. Cf. French card game écarté, literally "cards removed."