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Old 09-12-2007
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You are totally correct about the conversos (I only know the Spanish term, sorry!)...the arrogance of the Church was unbelievable.

I think Silva means "woods", Alex, as in "a collection of trees" or "forest". The Latin version gives us the female name "Sylvia" and the English word "sylvan", meaning "wooded".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Silva

It's like the difference between "floresta", "madeiras" and "arbusto" in Portuguese: forest, woods, bush.

In Canadian and Australian English, however, an uncleared forest, or a forest that is regrowing after being cut down is commonly called "the bush", as in "Tim is out in the bush trying to bag a deer". (You would hear that a lot in Saskatchewan...they have a great deal of "bush" there.

My kid plays with another boy called "Silva" and it's a ridiculously common name, like "Smith" in English. I think those ex-Jews had many children in order to be super Catholics.

I wouldn't want you to end up calling the American President "Silva" by mistake....
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