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English translation: Highness

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Arabic term or phrase:سمو
English translation:Highness
Entered by: Mona Helal
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04:07 Jul 11, 2001
Arabic to English translations [PRO]
Law/Patents
Arabic term or phrase: سمو
What's the difference between سمو and صاحب السمو?
I am translating a document where both terms are used but the صاحب السمو is not stated as صاحب السمو الملكي, so I can't necessarily use His Royal Highness as a translation of this.
If I use His Highness for صاحب السمو, what do I use for the word سمو only?
Thanks
Mona Helal
Highness
Explanation:
The convention in Saudi Arabia is as follows:

SUMUW AL-AMEER X: His Highness Prince X (His Royal Highness Prince X, if a member of the Saud family). If the expression is addressed to Prince X, then you say Your Highness or Your Royal Highness, accordingly.

SUMUW AL-AMEERA X: Her Highness Princess X (Her Royal Highness Princess X, if a member of the Saud family). If the expression is addressed to Princess X, then you say Your Highness or Your Royal Highness, accordingly.

SUMUWWAKUM: Your Highness (or Your Royal Highness, if a member of the Saud family).

The conventions in other Arab countries is parallel, to the best of my knowledge.

Fuad
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Thank you Fuad for your prompt reply.
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na +1Fuad's Answer is"spot on" correctshfranke
na +1HighnessFuad Yahya


  

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1 hr peer agreement (net): +1
Highness


Explanation:
The convention in Saudi Arabia is as follows:

SUMUW AL-AMEER X: His Highness Prince X (His Royal Highness Prince X, if a member of the Saud family). If the expression is addressed to Prince X, then you say Your Highness or Your Royal Highness, accordingly.

SUMUW AL-AMEERA X: Her Highness Princess X (Her Royal Highness Princess X, if a member of the Saud family). If the expression is addressed to Princess X, then you say Your Highness or Your Royal Highness, accordingly.

SUMUWWAKUM: Your Highness (or Your Royal Highness, if a member of the Saud family).

The conventions in other Arab countries is parallel, to the best of my knowledge.

Fuad



    Experience in the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, 1982-1986
Fuad Yahya
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 2542
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Thank you Fuad for your prompt reply.
Mona

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2 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
Fuad's Answer is"spot on" correct


Explanation:
Greetings / tahaiya tayyiba wa b3ad...

Fuad's answer is exactly correct, especially his clarification between "saahib al-samoo al-malikii" and "saahib al-samoo."

The term "samoo" should rarely appear just by itself, as that is normally expressed as part of the 'title string' of "saahib al-samoo," etc., other than after-the-first-use address of "samookum," which Fuad presented (maa qassar).


    Experience as Attache at U.S. Embassy Riyadh and Amman
    Sir Donald Hawley, "Manners & Correct Form...Middle East" (1996)
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Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 240

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