[DWJ] author flirting

Minnow minnow at belfry.org.uk
Wed Jan 28 17:02:10 EST 2009

>On Jan 28, 2009, at 2:11 PM, Minnow wrote:
>> (incidentally, when I cast about just then for a place beginning
>> with B
>> that was obviously in the USA I had trouble thinking of one.  *Are*
>> there
>> lots of big obvious places in America with that initial and I'm
>> just not
>> thinking of them, or is there a bit of a paucity?  The only other
>> one I
>> think of off-hand is Biloxi -- Birmingham doesn't count because
>> it's in the
>> midlands of England too.)

and Otter wrote:

>Buffalo was good.  Or you could try Baltimore.

Isn't Baltimore just near Fastnet, in Cork?  :-)  Along with a whole lot of
other Bal-names around those parts...  That leads me directly to 'what does
'bal' or 'balli/y' mean, at the beginning of an Irish place-name?


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