We all know Joker as the villain form Batman. We also know that a joker is a playing card… but what does it do, and where does it come from?



  • floss – short for dental floss
  • deck of cards – a set of cards
  • trump – surpass (something) by saying or doing something better
  • emerge – become apparent or prominent
  • incarnation – the form taken by a person or thing during an incarnation
  • pop up – appear or occur suddenly


Think about it

Answer the questions below. Pause at times indicated in brackets.

  • Where were the playing cards invented? (0:34)
  • When did the joker join the deck? (0:34)
  • Were the early versions of Joker important, or unimportant cards? (0:54)
  • Why was Joker welcome by card manufacturers? (1:22)
  • Was Joker an integral part of Juker or the wild card in the game of Poker?
  • What is royal flush?


Practice makes perfect

Put the words in bold back in the text.

over    –    serve   –    trump (2x)    –    had   –    deck’s    –    for

The joker is the ________ newest element. During the mid-19th century, euchre players introduced a blank card that would ________ as the game’s top ________. Researchers speculate that the new ________ was called the “Jucker card.” (Juckerspiel was the original German name ________ euchre.) ________ time, the Jucker became the “joker,” and by the 1880s, companies ________ begun incorporating jesters into their packs.

Source: http://mentalfloss.com/article/55695/4-playing-card-faqs-answered


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