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The definitions in this article might be better placed at Wiktionary. This page should then become a disambiguation reference. Thoughts? jareha 19:24, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
I disagree, there's some evidence that the term has a rich history. I've just seen it used in a 1853 case in San Fransisco, California, United States. (e.g Surocco v. Geary, Supreme Court of California, 3 Cal. 69, 58 Am.Dec. 385, "Geary, at that time Alcade of San Francisco..."). In addition, it might be good to reference the moorish occupation of spain, which probably lent use of the Arabic word to Spanish, and its eventual use in the United States. I will research further. Nuance13x 20:33, 24 May 2006 (UTC)
I'd meant to note — after Mikkalai'sedit — that a move was no longer necessary. Feel free to improve the article. jareha(comments) 20:40, 24 May 2006 (UTC)