bilbo (was P & Q)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 23 13:18:39 UTC 2009

It's also the Basque name of Bilbao. Spanish retains the older
spelling. This sort of thing is common. Cf. English "chart," with
older-French [tS-], vs. modern-French "charte" [S-].

OT. "Fitzpatrick," late Pulitzer-Prize-winning editorial-cartoonist of
the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, once compared the late, American Sen.
Bilbo to Hitler, WRT the former's hatred of blacks.

-Wilson Gray
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 7:25 AM, Amy West <medievalist at> wrote:
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> I know it as a type of Spanish sword or sword blade -- a two-edged
> short sword. I've seen it on the labels of a couple of swords hanging
> in HAM.
> ---Amy W.
>>What the heck does that last line mean?
>>And what's the history of the name "Bilbo"? Aside from the
>>once-notorious Senator and the famous Mr. Baggins, that is.
>>Mark Mandel
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