One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Diamonds or clubs.
- ‘Widder, somewhat misleadingly, writes that an unbid 100 scores 1 point in a minor suit, or 2 in hearts, but then adds that ‘a kontra against the game takes along the silent 100, i.e. doubles its value, too.’’
- ‘Because of the difference in score, clubs and diamonds are called the minor suits and hearts and spades are the major suits.’
- ‘If the suit is a minor suit, the bidder must have at least 4 cards in the suit bid.’
- ‘If all pass in the full-hand phase as well, the player to dealer's right is the declarer in a simple minor suit game as usual.’
- ‘West knew that there would be four hearts in the dummy, however, and was unimpressed by his holdings in the minor suits.’
Early 20th century: so named because of their lower scoring value.
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