from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- interj. Spoken by a player before adjusting a piece on the chessboard, to indicate that he or she is not making a move in the game.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An expression in chess by which a player notifies his adversary that he is merely adjusting one or more pieces on the board without intending to play either. Any form of stating the fact may be used.
If a player touches a man with the sole object of adjusting his position, he must indicate his intention by saying "j'adoube"
Your question reminds me of another hypothetical situation: suppose someone is going to adjust a piece, and instead of saying "j'adoube" or "I adjust" accidentally says "en passant."
One can make a correction in a script and save oneself the scorn by announcing "Got a show saver" first, much like saying "j'adoube" in chess."
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