[CR]Started as On my passing: Gantlet/Gauntlet


From: <greenjersey@ntlworld.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 12:54:42 +0000
Subject: [CR]Started as On my passing: Gantlet/Gauntlet

As always my ancient copy of the National Dictionary makes it all clear. Gantlet(Scandinavian origin) a military or naval punishment in which the offender is made to run between two files of men who strike as he passes. Gauntlet(derived from French gantelet meaning glove) A glove with metal plates on the back worn as armour; A long glove covering the wrist. Clearly those of us, including myself, who use the phrase "run the gauntlet" are doing so erroniously. Just a thought, maybe it was the Vikings, when they rocked up in the Americas, who introduced the gantlet to the native americans? Oh well, probably not. Finally although I'm happy to add my pennyworth how is this subject any more on topic than advice about mobile phones? Ray Green, Brighton, England

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