What does "J" stand for in playing cards?

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Jenny Lau

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In playing cards, is "J" an abbreviation? Then what does it stand for? I think "K" stands for king, and "Q" stands for Queen, is that right?
 

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The ace usually has an A on it. You could call that an abbreviation.
 

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Lib said:
Does anyone call the J a Knave?
My mother used to, on occasions.

Yes, the jack has been called a knave. In fact, it (knave) is in a nursery rhyme: "The knave of hearts stole some tarts."

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I would use it in Ron's example, but for the playing cards, I'd stick to Jack, although others would use Knave. ;-)
 

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In the late medieval period the jack was called the knave. A knave was then a male servant of royalty.The card came to be known as the jack during the middle of the 19th century, when card manufacturers began to label playing cards to indicate their value.The obvious confusion between "Kn" and "K" led to the renaming of the knave as the Jack. However, books of card games published in late victorian timesevidently still referred to the card as the "knave", and the term with this definition is still recognized in the UK.

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