In the card game Cribbage, there is no legal hand that will score nineteen points. As a matter of fact, there are also no hands that score 25, 26, or 27 points (all Cribbage hand scores fall between zero and 29, inclusive), but somehow "19" has come to be singled out for recognition.

Because there is no 19-point hand, it has become reasonably common in Cribbage parlance to refer to a hand scoring zero as a "nineteen pointer," or some similar usage. This can feel cleansing, if used in a self-deprecating manner, such as "Read 'em and weep: nineteen points!" However, if used by your opponent (in ways such as, "You sure are scoring a lot of nineteen pointers today"), there is a risk that you may feel like punching your opponent in the face.