June 21, 2013

Bolo vs. Bolas

I’ve found several RPGs that confuse the meaning of the word bolo with bolas, two very different weapons. I can’t tell if these are mere spelling mistakes or if the author really didn’t know the difference. But just to set things straight:

This is a Bolo. It’s a knife. It’s Asian, specifically the Philippines, though variants called parang are found in other parts of Southeast Asia.

These are Bolas. They’re an entangling weapon.  They’re used in South America.

So please, don’t ask me to cut my enemies with a bunch of balls on a string, or lasso a cow with a knife.

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