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A mid-17th-century English ditty (a short, simple popular song)—much quoted in histories of ale and beer brewing in England—refers to 1525:
Hops, heresies, bays, and beer;
Came into England all in one year.
Baize is often used on billiards tables to cover the and , and is often used on other kinds of gaming tables such as those for blackjack, baccarat, craps and other casino games. It is also found as a writing surface, particularly on 19th century pedestal desks.
The surface finish of baize is coarse (increasing friction, perceptibly slowing down rolling billiard balls). Baize is available with and without a perceptible nap. Snooker, in which understanding nap effects is part of the game, uses the nappy variety, while pool and carom billiards use the napless type.
Idioms and catchphrases
- "Let's get the boys on the baize!" has been a catchphrase of BBC TV snooker presenter Rob Walker since 2008.
- At one time, "the green baize door" (a door to which cloth had been tacked to deaden noise) in a house separated the servants' quarters from the family's living quarters; hence the phrase's usage as a metonym for domestic service.
- Life in Elizabethan England; "Good English Ale"; accessed 20 February 2011.
- Mark Reason, "Ronnie O'Sullivan greater than Tiger Woods", Daily Telegraph 4 May 2008. Accessed 5 May 2014.
- See Graham Greene, The Fallen Idol (originally The Basement Room; Penguin; 1976; page 125)
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