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calmrolfe 49 ( +1 | -1 )
History is made ! The 2003 Scottish Championships have just finished and the surprise winner has made history in the process.

Traditionally, of course, the Scottish Championships are always won by a person wearing a "skirt", but what makes this years winner a breed apart, is that this time it was won by a woman !!!!
:)

Congratulations to the worthy winner, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant. So impressive was her victory that they promptly named a whisky after her.....er...Grant's that is and not Arakhamia !!

Kind regards,

Cal

desertfox 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Of course Grant and not Arakhamia because the name start with Arak, a drink of towel heads and camel-jammers, who are not very popular nowdays. Where does that lady come from cal?
zdrak 20 ( +1 | -1 )
I'm not cal, but I can still reply to that question: she's originally from (former Soviet republic of) Georgia, and in fact had previosly represented this country in the Women's Chess Olympiad. She's Scottish by marriage ...
calmrolfe 57 ( +1 | -1 )
Och aye !! She's Scottish by marriage and her husband (Jonathan Grant) played in the same Championships, albeit without the success of his wife. I had a quick scan down all the games but couldn't find a game where they played each other, so perhaps the organisers deliberately kept them apart as it might have been considered unfair to other competitors if they played each other.

One other bonus for the publicity seeking organisers is that Ketevan is one heck of a good looking lady......definately one of my favourite players !!

:)

Kind regards,

Cal

pondgreg 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Och aye!! Interesting trivia info - I read in a dictionary that
"Och aye" (Scottish for "Oh yes") is the origin of the
expression "ok".
calmrolfe 33 ( +1 | -1 )
Oh Aye ? I always thought OK came from the wartime cry of "Orl Korekt" (All Correct) that sentries and look- outs used.......

Mind you, for the benefit of Mike and this Chess Forum I should explain that in Scotland when you announce checkmate the opponent almost always retorts "Och aye...it's checkmate alright !!"

:)

Kind regards

Cal
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pondgreg 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Ok According to my dictionary (Webster's New World):
[orig. U.S. colloq. first known use (March 23, 1839)
by C.G.Greene, editor, in the Boston Morning Post,
as if abbrev. for "oll korrect", facetious misspelling of
"all correct";? altered < Scot. dial. och aye, ah yes,
oh yes .....(etc.)
But I like your version!
pondgreg 373 ( +1 | -1 )
More "ok" versions Here's a bunch more about it, and then I won't take
up any more space here.
"Ok"
This one has generated *lots* of folklore. The
following list of suggested origins and info comes
from MEU2, from Eric Partridge's _Dictionary of
Historical Slang_
(1972edition,Penguin,0-14-081046-X), and from
Cecil Adams' _More of the Straight Dope_
(Ballantine, 1988, ISBN 0-345-34145-2). Thanks to
Jeremy Smith for his help. The abbreviations on
cracker boxes, shipping crates, cargoes of rum, et
al., became synonymous with quality.

"Oll korrect, popularized by Old Kinderhook" is
what's given in most up-to-date dictionaries. The
earliest known citation is from the Boston Morning
Post of 23 March 1839: " [...] he of the Journal,
and his train-band, would have the 'contributions
box,' et ceteras, o.k. -- all correct -- and cause the
corks to fly." This was a facetious suggestion by a
Boston editor that a Providence editor (the Journal
mentioned was in Providence) sponsor a party.

American "O.K.", abbreviation of Obadiah Kelly, a
shipping agent
American "O.K.", abbreviation of Old Keokuk, a Sac
Indian chief
American "O.K.", contraction of "oll korrect". This
was the choice of a British judiciary committee that
investigated the matter for a 1935 court case
(MEU2), and was further documented by Columbia
University professor Allen Walker Read in "The
Evidence on 'O.K.', _Saturday Review of Literature_,
19 July 1941. A vogue for comically misspelled
abbreviations began in Boston in the summer of
1838, and spread to New York and New Orleans in
1839. They used "K.G." for "know go", "K.Y." for
"know yuse", "N.S." for "nuff said", and "O.K." for "oll
korrect".
American "O.K.", abbreviation of Orrins-Kendall
crackers
American "O.K.", abbreviation of Otto Kaiser,
American industrialist
American "O.K. Club". "O.K." gained national
currency in 1840 as the slogan of the "O.K. club", a
club of supporters of then President Martin Van
Buren, in allusion to his nickname, "Old Kinderhook"
-- Van Buren was born in the village of Kinderhook,
N.Y.
Choctaw _(h)oke_ = "it is so"
English opposite of "K.O." ("knock out")
English "of Katmandu"
English "open key"
English "optical kleptomaniac"
English "our kind"
Ewe (West African)
Finnish _oikea_
French _Aux Cayes_, a place in Haiti noted for
excellence of its rum
French _aux quais_, stencilled on Puerto Rican rum
specially selected for export
German _ordnungsgemaess kontrolliert_ "properly
checked"
German letters of rank appended to signature of
Oberkommandant
Greek _olla kalla_ = "all good"
Latin _omnia correcta_ = "all correct"
Mandingo (West African) = _o ke_ "that's it", "all
right"
Occitan _oc_ = "yes" (Occitan or Langue d'Oc is so
called because it uses _oc_ where French uses
_oui_.)
Scots _och aye!_ "oh yes"
Tewa _oh-ka(n)_ = "come here", "all right"
Wolof (West African) "waw kay" = "yes indeed".
Supported by Prof. J. Weisenfeld, professor of
African and African-American religion at Columbia
University. It was shown by Dr Davis Dalby ("The
Etymology of O.K.", The Times, 14 January 1971)
that similar expressions were used very early in the
19th century by Negroes of Jamaica, Surinam, and
South Carolina: a Jamaican planter's diary of 1816
records a Negro as saying "Oh ki, massa, doctor no
need be fright, we no want to hurt him." The use of
"kay" alone is recorded in the speech of black
Americans as far back as 1776; significantly, the
emergence of O.K. among white Americans dates
from a period when refugees from southern slavery
were arriving in the north.
Queried about the Dalby citations,
Merriam-Webster Editorial Department told me: "A
word pronounced approximately 'kai' is an
expression of surprise or amusement in Jamaican
Creole and in Sea Islands Creole (Gullah). If you
take into account the pronunciation and meaning,
you'll see that it does not fit 'okay' either
semantically or phonetically. There is nothing in the
history of 'O.K.' or 'okay' that suggests it has an
African-American origin."