Re: [CR]gantlet/gauntlet

(Example: Framebuilding)

Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2006 12:42:50 +0000 (GMT)
From: "Michael Butler" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]gantlet/gauntlet
To: sandranian <>
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cc: CR Rendezvous <>

Gauntlet is the correct English spelling. Gantlet is the American variation spelling. Both are allowed on a word/number quiz on British Channel 4 Television called Countdown. This programme is famous for the very sexy Carole Vordermann and her prowess with arithmetic. Don't believe me please look in The Concise Oxford Dictionary ISBN 0-19-861320-9 plain. Comes from an early Swedish word GATLOPP courtesy of the Vikings (as near as we get yo cycling on this one)invasions of the British Isles. Gata = lane lopp= course. Or from the French GANTELET via another invasion of the British isles by the Normans (another wonderful bike). Finally could come from another Germanic word GANT courtesy of the Anglo Saxons coming to Britain. Gant old middle English word for glove. Funny another British bike Saxon named after another invasion.

Thats all for now. Keep those wheels spinning, in your memories if not still on the road. Be lucky Mick Butler Huntingdon UK.