Psycho UNO - Jargon Terms
Some frequently uttered phrases have emerged over the course of playing
- A conjunction of the words "blue" and "uno". This can be said by a person
who lays down a 'Wild', chooses the color blue, and has only one card left.
(Kind of a rare occasion.)
- "The color of drawing"
- Said of a person who has none of a color that was just named (i.e.
following a Wild) and needs to draw.
- "The color of elephant ________"
- Mark started saying this (for no good reason) whenever a Wild was played
and a new color announced. Examples include: Red = "the color of elephant
blood", Yellow = "The color of elephant jaundice", Green = "the color of
elephant infection", and Blue = "The color of elephant smurfs". ("Smurves?")
- Delayed Match
- Playing a match a little late. (You had plenty of time to match it
earlier, but didn't.) Usually refers to matching the word card at the top of a
stacking progression (usually a 'Draw 2' or 'Wild Draw 4') after the stacking
has run to it's conclusion and someone (other than the matcher) now has to
draw; the matcher was going to hold onto the word card "just in case", but no
longer needs to.
- "Don't get used to them"
- Said of a player who follows someone that just played a zero and there's
another zero in the hand they were just passed, because they're about to play
the next zero and everyone's gonna be passing again.
- Dump (or "Dumpage")
- Refers to the cards a player discards in a "Color Crazy" match. A common
usage is for a player to say "There's my dump," (drops a bunch of mono-color
cards) "and there's my play" (plays a different color card that matches the
number atop his dump).
- Having only 2 cards left.
- "I got scrod"
- Said by someone who has to draw a crapload of cards (ususally because
they're at the end of a huge stacking progression). "Scrod" is the past tense
- "I got skipped"
- To be said in the same voice as "I got a rock" from "It's the Great
Pumpkin, Charlie Brown".
- "I've got a good feeling about this one"
- We usually play with two (or more) draw piles, one for each end of the
table (so people don't have to reach). If it's someone's turn and they're
drawing like mad from one of the draw piles, another player might draw a card
from the other pile and hand it (face down, of course) to the madly drawing
player, accompanied by the line above. In practice, the "good feeling" card
seldom ends up being playable.
- "Keep drawing" (also "Draw a few more" / "Draw some more")
- One player doesn't have any cards of the current color so they draw like
crazy til they get one. The player after them immediately puts down a
'Reverse' and then says this line.
- Matchers Remorse
- What you feel when you've matched away your last card of a certain color,
then it becomes your turn, and you realize you must draw. Occasionally said
like "Now I am having the matcher's remorse" as in the one Simpsons episode
with the limited-time offer Krusty burger.
- Term frequently used when the "69" matching rule comes into play. (The
obvious play on words was too good to pass up.) Some examples include:
- "Let the orgy of matching commence!" - Someone just put down a 6 or a
9 and is expecting a lot of matching.
- "Not much of an orgy" - Said after a played 6 or 9 goes unmatched (or
is matched very little).
- "Nice orgy, guys" - A whole lotta matching happend. (Very satisfying.)
- "Looks like it's just you & me having the orgy" - One player
played and only one other player matched.
- "Looks like I'm / you're having this orgy by myself / yourself" - The
6 or 9 went unmatched.
- Retroactive Dump
- Said by a person who gets dumps a card due to a color-crazy match a turn
late, one beneath the top card. Typically this is because the card they were
holding onto is no longer playable because, say, the color changed.
Update: Retroactive dumping is now against the rules, too much
- Retroactive Match
- Said by a person who matches on the card underneath the top card (as with
the Retroactive Dump).
Update: Retroactive matching is now against the rules, too much
abuse. The only exception is if a person said "match" and the current player
played anyway. (This was the original intent of the Retroactive Match.)
- "Safely dispose of the zero"
- Said by someone who is able to throw a zero into the flood of cards in a
"color crazy" match; the zero will have no effect and the player won't get
stuck with it as his last card.
- Skipping Half the Table
- Describes the effects of playing a 'Reverse'. Often said desparigingly by
the first person on the wrong side of the 'Reverse', i.e. "Way to skip this
half of the table!"
- "Thanks for the skip!"
- Said by a player who has no cards of the current color, as being skipped
- "That'll be handy later"
- Said by a player (Eric, usually), who is in the midst of a drawing spree
and finds a card that is not immediately useful, but will probably be useful
- Having only 3 cards left.
- Said when someone puts down a '1' of any color. (The femenine 'a'
distinguishes it from the more masculine "Uno".)
- "What are you trying to tell us?"
- Said to someone who has just played a card identical to the one on the
top of the pile as a play, not a match. The obvious conclusion is that they
don't have any more of that color.
- Ocassionally said by someone who just played a zero to indicate that the
passing is about to commence. (George starged this tradition.)
- The Whore Hand (AKA: The Village Whore / The Village Bicycle)
- Description given to a hand that everyone seems to want to swap with when
they play a 7.
- Winning in George World
- Means you have the highest score. (The object is to get the lowest
score.) You see, in George World, many things are the reverse of what they are
in our world: the streets are festively adorned, you can play croquette while
mounted on 10-foot llamas, and rainbows dance and splash in a crechendo of
color. (Not a bad place, really.)