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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000915.txt from 2000/04

From: "Dee D. Hays" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Flute players
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2000 08:03:49 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Hausmann" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Flute players

> At 01:13 PM 4/21/2000 +0800, Karel Vahala wrote:
> >Unless North American english spelling of this word is different, people
> >playing the flute are FLAUTISTS, _not_ flutists.
> >
> While that was at one time considered correct, that spelling has fallen
> of favor, at least in the US. My dictionary lists "flautist" as a variant
> of "flutist," rather than the other way around. In future editions it
> probably be noted as archaic.

In addition, some people, including some scholars and musicians, in the US
are beginning to consider the word "flautist" somewhat pretentious. After
all the English word for the instrument is flute not the Italian word
"flauto," from which flautist derives. The underlying patterns of English
would permit the word flutist to be coined at any time to represent a person
who plays the flute.

Dee Hays
Canton, SD

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