List: Forgive the slight digression. In Middle Eastern archaeology a similar question was circulated What is a Bilbil ? It was a term used to describe a smallMessage 1 of 2 , Jan 1, 2004View SourceList:
Forgive the slight digression. In Middle Eastern archaeology a similar question was circulated "What is
a Bilbil"? It was a term used to describe a small ceramic container which looked like a modern single
flower vase, that is, bulbous foot, and long, narrow neck.
Western archaeologists had heard the descriptive term from Arabic workers when such an item had
been excavated, so it was catalogued as a 'bilbil'.
The word does not appear in any Arabic dictionary - it was simply an imitation of the sound that the
liquid made when poured from it.
This, of course, is of no help whatsoever for War of 1812 fans, just an example of the way my circuitous
mind works - but hey, it's party time!
Happy New Year!
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... At the risk of incurring the list s wrath for digressing even further and in the knowledge that Ray Hobbs has often spoken of his visits to the CzechMessage 1 of 2 , Jan 2, 2004View Source--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, <ray.hobbs@s...> wrote:
> List:At the risk of incurring the list's wrath for digressing even further
> Forgive the slight digression.
and in the knowledge that Ray Hobbs has often spoken of his visits to
the Czech Republic; Czech being a language which has a number of
words containing no vowels and BLB being one of them and meaning "a
stupid person", I now suggest that this thread may have run its
course. No offence intended Ray!