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Luis E. Hernández
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It should be noted that the word "muela" in Spanish not only refers to teeth, but also to a geographical feature. In the case of the "Muela of Teruel", the word should be translated rather as "plateau" or just as "hill". The reference to "teeth" in this game´s title seems inappropriate.

Otherwise, I´m very interested to see this design finished
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You don't think that this was perhaps just the nickname of the hill? At least in the wikipedia article on the battle its referred to as Teruel's Tooth and cited in a Spanish Civil War history book.
 
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You may be right, but I think that may be a misinterpretation. Wikipedia is not always 100% reliable and it´s not canonical either. The word "muela" has both senses in Spanish, a hill and a tooth. When choosing an option to translate, many times you loose any possible ambiguity in a text.

Anyway, if you check the RAE (Spanish Acadaemy of Language) dictionary, you will find this:

4. f. Cerro escarpado en lo alto y con cima plana.

("high steep hill with flat top", which, yes, resembles a teeth)



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I see what you mean. Personally I think that using Teruel's Tooth as a title rather than referring to it as a mere hill gives the whole thing more gravitas etc.

Quickly looking through more google results gave me two books that used it.

https://books.google.com/books?id=wywcDQAAQBAJ&printsec=fron...

https://books.google.com/books?id=NfO-BAAAQBAJ&printsec=fron...
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