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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001059.txt from 2000/04

From: Roger Shilcock <roger.shilcock@-----.uk>
Subj: RE: [kl] Flute players
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 19:10:49 -0400

There's always *fluter*....
Roger S.

On Sat, 22 Apr 2000, Jim Youngman wrote:

> Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2000 00:30:13 +1000
> From: Jim Youngman <youngman@-----.au>
> Reply-To: klarinet@-----.org
> To: klarinet@-----.org
> Subject: RE: [kl] Flute players
>
> Dee Hays wrote:
> >
> > 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.
> >
> In Australia and, I guess, in the UK, "flautist" is the normal use. It is
> not considered pretentious. An alternative in common use would be "flute
> player". To our ears "flutist" sounds strange. The Macquarie Dictionary,
> which is the generally accepted Australian standard, lists "flautist" as
> being derived from the Italian "flautista". It lists the word "flute" as
> deriving from the Middle English "flowte" from the Provencal word "flauta"
> from the Latin "flatus". None of this is to suggest that any of the above
> are wrong, only that "flutist" rings dissonantly upon this antipodean
> auricular protrusion. :)
>
> Jim
>
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