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Subject: Re: origin of the surname "Buccambuso"
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: November 22, 2006 at 11:22 AM
Reply to: Re: origin of the surname "Buccambuso" by Sean Foglai

I was thinking that bucca might be a dialect form of bocca, "mouth". Then getting carried away by this theory I wonder, could ambuso be a dialect form of abuso, "abuse"? I'm thinking of an intrusive M that occurs before a B in some southern dialect words like Ottumbre for Ottobre, or umbriago for ubriaco. Then we might have a name meaning "mouth-abuse", an epithet for someone whose speech is not very kindly.

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