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Trousers and Other Trends Quoted by National Geographic Magazine August 2008 Edition Ancient Iran: Inside A Nations

Persian Soul Greeks in short tunics scorned the trousers worn by Persian warriors as effeminate. For Persians, Scythians, and other horseback

cultures from the Eurasian steppes, pants were practical. The Persians words pa (leg) and jama (garment) entered english as

pajama. Iranians took up chess, a game from the East, about A.D. 600. The word chess is rooted in the Persian word shah, or king. The phrase shah mat was uttered in play to mean the king cannot escape, or in other

words, checkmate.