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Diaryl α-diketones do not undergo polarity reversal in the presence of (benzo)thiazolium carbenes but are engaged in a novel multicomponent reaction with water to efficiently give medicinally relevant 1,4-thiazin-3-one heterocycles. Three different sets of conditions have been optimized to furnish the title compounds in fair to excellent yields depending on the electronic properties of α-diketone aromatic substituents and thiazolium or benzothiazolium substrate. A plausible reaction mechanism is also proposed based on the isolation and characterization of the postulated key intermediate and isotopic labeling experiments.