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Re: [WarOf1812] Re: "BLB"

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  • ray.hobbs@sympatico.ca
    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 small
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 1, 2004
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      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 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!
      Ray Hobbs
      41st Regt


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    • giiir
      ... 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 Czech
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 2, 2004
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        --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, <ray.hobbs@s...> wrote:
        > List:
        > Forgive the slight digression.

        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 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!

        Fred Fishell
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