Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 09:03:14 +0200

From: Liudmila Kostiukevich lvk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]USM.MD

Subject: Re: Stupid question dept.

The spelling of the word can be both: lutenist and (more often) lutanist.


On Wed, 12 Nov 1997, Peggy Smith wrote:

O.K. So I was driving to work this morning listening to a lute piece on

the classical station. When the piece was done, the announcer said

something about the musician, who was described as a lutenist. (I am

guessing at the spelling.) The word was repeated for all of us who

had never heard it before, so I am sure it is correct. My stupid

question is: if a flute player is a floutist, why isn't a lute

player a loutist?

Just wondering.

Peggy Smith