Posted because I may not be the only one unfamiliar with etymology.
Date: Wed Oct 3 00:05:08 EDT 2001
Subject: A.Word.A.Day--gambit

gambit (GAM-bit) noun

1. An opening in which a minor piece is sacrificed to obtain a strategic

2. A maneuver used to secure an advantage.

3. A remark used to open or redirect a conversation.

[From Spanish gambito, from Italian gambetto (the act of tripping someone),
from gamba (leg).]