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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000998.txt from 2000/04

Subj: Re: [kl] hey, what is this flute thread doing here?
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2000 07:57:08 -0400

In a message dated 4/22/00 10:35:07 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

>Karel Vahala wrote:
>"Unless North American english spelling of this word is different,
>playing the flute are FLAUTISTS, _not_ flutists."
>I beg to strongly differ. "Flautist" (often painfully pronounced
>"flawtist") is not any form of English at all, North American or
>otherwise; it is a German word for someone who plays "die Flaute," and
>pronounced "floutist." The English word for a flute player is a
>flutist. Sorry, but "flawtist" sounds sophomoric and affected to me,
>like "PEE-a-nist" instead of "pee-AN-ist" (which makes me think of a
>joke I'm too modest to repeat here).
>Now I know that some outraged individuals reading this at this moment
>will insist that "PEE-a-nist" and "flawtist" are perfectly correct and
>"proper" and "sophisticated" and all that, and I suspect that these
>people also pronounce the plural of "process" as "proe-suss-EEZE" too
>and other such abominations. To shamelessly borrow from Dan Leeson, I
>say FEH! to you (whatever that means).
>Thank goodness the word "clarinet" can't be abused that way.
>Priggishly (and not entirely seriously) yours,
>B >>
Of course, the old joke is that if your flute cost more than $1000.00, you're
a flautist--otherwise you're a flutist!

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