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In sha Allah might be part of our language in the same way as e.g. C'est la vie. It is nothing religious, it's a expression most people know from those books I mentioned and, besides, maybe also from the way to speak German of the children of the immigrants.

I knew that impression long before I started to study Arabic.
If you ask your friend from Germany about this expression, ask her about Karl May, who wrote not only books about America (Winnetou) with the hero Old Shatterhand, but also about the Middle East with the same hero there being called Kara ben Nemsi (Karl the German, or better from Austria)...

Tx for the post btw...we'll probably write a complaint letter to Bill ;)

You're welcome.
I guess that MSFT could stop that very easily by removing the word "Allah" from the database of words that are to be substituted. But I doubt that the MSFT guys will have the time to read your letter (the game is quite buggy, and they are working on a patch), but you could write to that direction, anyway:

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I guess that the direction should work pretty well.

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Feel free to quote what I wrote, anyway.


P.S.: BTW, not everybody liked my post:

I personally don't think that it is a bad thing to address the shortcomings of some software. If not, we still would not have SP1 (security patch 1) for Windows XP.
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