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Author Topic: What to call somebody that plays a flute.  (Read 85 times)

Windjammer

What to call somebody that plays a flute.
« on: August 03, 2019, 11:22:23 am »
“The Oxford English Dictionary states that the word flutist (1603) is a much older established word than flautist (1860). Since the English term flute is related to the modern French flûte, it follows therefore that the player of that instrument would be a flutist.” ??? 8)

Wendi

Re: What to call somebody that plays a flute.
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2019, 08:16:42 pm »
My inner 12-year-old always giggles whenever I hear the radio DJ say something like, "..a lovely pianist..."  :P :P :P

MikeOR

Re: What to call somebody that plays a flute.
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2019, 02:01:09 pm »
Flautist is OK unless you're an Irish guy, called Phil, from the town of Ballymuck, who organises dances, then you are a FLUTER 😎😎
« Last Edit: August 05, 2019, 05:04:04 am by MikeOR »

Windjammer

Re: What to call somebody that plays a flute.
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2019, 04:01:33 pm »
Yes,it is considered a valid term and I hear it is used a lot in the UK. What brought the subject up was a lot of people on line where correcting other people that used the term flutist and telling them they were wrong.  :(
I do wonder how flautist got started though because I have never heard somebody say I bought a flauto ,this is my flauto or I play the flauto unless they were from Italy. ???
OK. I just looked it up and it came from a 1860 novel set in Italy ??? ::)
« Last Edit: August 07, 2019, 10:36:07 am by Windjammer »