As pointed out in an earlier memo, "Monica" may mean "pretty little woman"
(Clinton's interpretation) or "little female monkey" (the public's).
Actually, the sorry Jewish girl was named by her presumably unwitting
parents after the mother of St. Augistine, revered Saint Monica, a
Christian who died happy that her son had finally accepted the faith.
Because of her exemplary life, her name was popular in Spain. Add that to
our file about Spanish names.
Basque names are a special kettle of long fish. Their stress is unstable,
and their accentuation a nightmare for non-Basques. And, in discussing the
Basque region during the Spanish Civil War, it is hard to keep up with the
Joneses. Well known was "Potato Jones", a captain who ran the Franco
blockade to take loads of potatoes to besieged Bilbao. The problem is that
most of the captains running the blockade came from Wales carrying
different cargoes, so there was also Corn Cob Jones and Ham and Eggs Jones.
Which reminds me of an American friend who went to London and decided to
look up someone she had met. She told the travel agent that all she knew
about her was that her name was Jones and that she lived in Wales. The
agent was at a loss for words. He has our sympathy.
Ronald Hilton - 08/07/98