Saturday, March 2, 2013

Escudilla Style Spanish Bowl

There is a mountain in Eastern Arizona called "Escudilla." This was the first time outside of Arizona that I had seen any reference to that word. In Spanish the word "escudo" used as noun means shield. The diminutive form of "escudo" would be "escudillo" meaning a small shield. The word "escuda" is the third person singular of the word "escudar" or to shield. Escudillar is a verb meaning either to pour into a bowl or to lord or domineer. So did the bowl shaped mountain get its name from the Spanish word for bowl as is commonly believed? Or is it really a reference to a small shield with an English induced gender change? In English, unaccented final syllables go the schwa sound, such as "uh." 

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