slon "bishop", lad'a "castle"

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Aug 1 12:55:50 UTC 2001

Thanks Gerald; interesting that such sister-languages (or cousins if
you like) don't share the same chess symbols.


PS: Since dictionaries are famous for repeating definitions,
introducing mistakes to generations of users, I'll ask anyhow.

>>Harrrumph! I am working only from Polish (not Russian). I'll ask
>>people who know a lot more than me. (I know, I know; all I have to do
>>is walk out on the street, stop the first ....)
>    I can save Dennis some time. My Russian-English dictionary says of
>_slon-: "1) elephant. 2) (in chess) bishop." Meanwhile, my
>English-Russian dictionary says of (chess) "castle": lad'a. (literal
>meaning: (poetic) "boat").
>---Gerald Cohen

Dennis R. Preston
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Michigan State University
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