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Play on words at French Open
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Play on words at French Open

Published May. 30, 2011 5:50 p.m. ET

A French play on words accompanying a photo of Maria Sharapova in the official tournament publication at the French Open might make English speakers do a double-take.

Monday's edition of ''Quotidien'' carries a front-page headline in all capital letters with Sharapova's name. Underneath appear the words, ''Lame Slave.''

In French, the word ''lame'' means ''sword'' - and it is pronounced ''lahm,'' so it sounds like ''l'ame,'' which means ''soul.'' The term ''l'ame slave'' refers in French to the ''Slavic soul,'' a concept meant to describe a nostalgia and romanticism felt by Eastern Europeans.

Sharapova, who was born in Russia, was shown the publication after her victory Monday. Her reaction: ''Oh, there have been so many headlines throughout my career, and this is just another one.''

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