is a piece of wood. So, the title "Countess of Vergara" implies she was a noblewoman in a woody land....
BTW: In Spain, a batel was an early type of medieval boat/small ship with a roundish, wide bottom, I believe they were known as cockles in the English world?
Originally Posted by Marc
Well, the word "verga" (eng. "yard", not the unit of length but the spar on a mast from which sails are set) has also a naval origin...
Hmm... there's that distinct feeling of a Ban Hammer looming in the horizon...