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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The King is Dead

Check mate Talking to a French-Algerian guy the other day round our gaff, about Arabic and its presence in contemporary European culture, and he pointed our that checkmate is Arabic for '[the] King is dead'. The Wikipedia link suggests Persian, using 'shah', but modern Arabic would use 'Sheik myaq' (I think) which is a lot closer to "check mate".


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