Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 09:03:14 +0200 From: Liudmila Kostiukevich Subject: Re: Stupid question dept. The spelling of the word can be both: lutenist and (more often) lutanist. L.Kostiukevich 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 >