[Sca-cooks] Saba

Elise Fleming alysk at ix.netcom.com
Sun Jun 20 05:26:58 PDT 2010

Eduardo wrote:
 >Yes I mean Sapa and Saba.
 >Spelled both ways.

And Bear asked:
 >What is the language of origin for saba?  Sapa is Latin and refers to 
a >more highly condensed defrutum.

I'm wondering if the difference in spelling comes from someone having 
spoken "sapa" and the listener having heard "saba".  The "p" is a 
voiceless consonant and the "b" is voiced.  It can be difficult to hear 
the difference if a person doesn't know the original word.  Once it has 
been "misspelled", especially in print, the misspelling can be proliferated.

Alys Katharine, language teacher
Elise Fleming
alysk at ix.netcom.com

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