Etymology of Go

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"Go" comes from Japanese igo 囲碁 which is the 呉音 (Go-on) pronunciation of the Chinese term weiqi 圍棋 (simplified: 围棋). 囲碁 are itaiji (異體字, variations) of 圍棋.

In Chinese, wei 圍 means "to surround" and qi 棋 (see ki character) means "pieces (of a board game)" (a term also used for Xiangqi, Fangqi and many other forms of Chinese board games); weiqi is thus "the game using pieces to surround".

囲 is the Japanese simplification of 圍. It is used in conjunction with the go character 碁 (棋, 棊 and 碁 are 異體字 (itaiji), variations of the same character) to refer to the game in Japanese.

See also names for go in other languages.

Etymology of Go last edited by on August 25, 2014 - 19:44
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