Sunday, November 07, 2004

Today's OED antedating: "snake-eyes"

Snake-eyes, colloquial, pair of thrown dice displaying one dot each, the lowest possible amount ("snake," n., sec 12 (a) (b), first use cited 1929): Poem titled "Finis," collected in book titled In American, by John V.A. Weaver, 1921, p 37: "Go get 'em, dices! ... Oh, Snake-eyes, acety-ace — you done me wrong!"