The Chessbase motto is "Wissen Ist Matt". How does it translate into English? I was surprised to not be able to get the translation by googling it.
"Knowledge Is Matt"
And "Matt" is? Mate?
Matt,is my name...That would seem,however, a logical conclusion.
Knowledge is mate.
It's a wordplay with the german saying "Wissen ist Macht", which translates to "knowledge is might"
"Knowledge is power" would be a more accurate translation of "Wissen ist Macht", just as a hint.
Thanks, now it makes sense. "Knowledge is mate" by itself was a pretty lame motto.
Is there a dialect of German in which "macht" is pronounced "matt"? In other words, is there a dialect where these two words form a pun?
According to the interwebs, it means - knowledge is power
If there is such a dialect, I'm not aware of it. "Macht" and "Matt" just sound similar, there's nothing more to it.
Matt = mate in German. "to know, is mate"
According to the Langenscheidt German - English Dictionary ( for the young folks yes it is an " actual book " lol ) Checkmate is Schachmatt in German. Perhaps " Wissen ist Schachmatt " might have been a clearer statement.
"Matt" is the usual term in common language, while "Schachmatt" would sound overly formal. And "Wissen ist Schachmatt" just doesn't have the pun.
Tha interwebs XD
You might contact ChessBase to find out what they intended it to mean.
It is a play on Michel Foucault's book Power/Knowledge
--- Yes I agree with the pun part however I was going for clarity. On the formal thing I do remember that back when I was a youngster in the Black Forest some 55 years ago things were still very formal ( that whole " Du " and " Sie " thing for example ).
Yep, "formal" isn't on point - my fault due to missing language skills. I meant to say that "schachmatt" is a litte more elevated. Anyway it destroys the pun, and the pun is all the whole line is about :)