A MetaFilter post included a video on “how to wear a shemagh,” and I left a comment saying:
In case anybody else is ignorant/curious, like me, it turns out a shemagh is what I knew as a keffiyeh; Wiktionary says it’s “British military use, from Arabic شْمَاغ (šmāḡ).” Which would explain why Yanks like me don’t know it.
Another commenter wrote:
languagehat: I think the “shemagh” term is gaining heavy use in the US – at least among military and wannabees – thanks to US military adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. Which means that various edc/prep/etc places sell them but with zombie skulls on them and such.
So of course now I want to know: do you, Varied Reader, know this term, and if so where do you know it from?