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Matthieu BONIN
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Poll: To "punch" or to "unpunch"?
Do you punch cardboard markers for your new games, or do you unpunch them?
Are they punched somehow so you need to unpunch them, or does the act of pushing them off the board is referred as punching?
I always wondered and never found a satisfying answer.
What verb do you use (or think is correct)?
I "punch" my new games.
I "unpunch" my new games.
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Poll created by Mattintheweb


Does anyone know where this comes from, too?
 
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Daniel Corban
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I can't imagine anyone would claim they "unpunch" a game. The word "unpunched" itself means the game counters have not been removed from the frames.
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Scott Hill
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Mattintheweb wrote:
Does anyone know where this comes from, too?


It comes from the machine that, well, punches the cuts around the counters into the card.
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Daniel Corban
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Computers were once programmed with "punch cards". Everyone has used a "hole punch" at some point. At one time, people "punched the clock" at their workplace.

From the dictionary:
1 a device or machine for making holes in materials such as paper, leather, metal, and plaster.
2 a tool or machine for impressing a design or stamping a die on a material.

Apparently, this usage of the word is derived from the old English form of "puncture".
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I punch new games. Used to unpunch games though - putting the
counters back into the frame - with circular counters. I was
low on baggies before GMT.
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calandale wrote:
Used to unpunch games though - putting the
counters back into the frame - with circular counters.


How long did that take?!
 
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jesb wrote:
calandale wrote:
Used to unpunch games though - putting the
counters back into the frame - with circular counters.


How long did that take?!


A minute or two per game. Most with circular pieces didn't
have terribly many. We're talking things like Kingmaker and
Britannia, not Campaign North Africa.
 
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Not sure if "punch" is the correct term (although it is the one I use), but it seems obvious to me that "unpunch" is just plain wrong. If punching is the process of making the perforation / indentation / cutout, then unpunching would be the process of de-perforation un-indenting / un-cutting. It certainly wouldn't refer to completing the process that began with the punching.
 
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