Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 19:31:15 -0500 From: Peggy Smith Subject: Stupid question dept. 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