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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001060.txt from 2000/04

From: Roger Shilcock <roger.shilcock@-----.uk>
Subj: Re: [kl] hey, what is this flute thread doing here?
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 19:10:50 -0400

The German for flute is NOT "Flaute"!!!!!!!
Roger S,

On Fri, 21 Apr 2000, W. Edinger wrote:

> Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 08:44:08 -0700
> From: W. Edinger <wde1@-----.com>
> Reply-To: klarinet@-----.org
> To: Klarinet list <klarinet@-----.org>
> Subject: [kl] hey, what is this flute thread doing here?
>
> Karel Vahala wrote:
>
> "Unless North American english spelling of this word is different,
> people
> 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,
>
> Bill Edinger
>
>
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