Originally Posted by jmd
...the 'Minor Arcana' are the pips and courts of the other four suits.
My research was simple: I looked it up in the dictionary.
"Pips" are numbered cards, and so therefore, it stated,
in a deck of cards, cards 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (not "Ace").
Aces and Courts (Face Cards) are not "Pips" but rather,
they are called the Aces and Courts. Ace being highest.
When the "Tarot" was introduced to Europe, long before
playing cards were copied from it and made fashionable,
the Ace was clearly so named to show that it is special.
It's best to disregard "playing cards" as a later deviation.