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What do you call that ... when folks form two parallel lines, armed with clubs and whatnot's and then an unfortunate individual is made to run through it -- bloodied but hopefully still alive?  Running through the ??

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Gaunlet.

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That's what I thought too!!  But checking the online dictionary, it mentioned only gloves -- as in throwing down the gauntlet.

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Dig deeper:

"Word History: The spelling gauntlet is acceptable for both gauntlet meaning "glove" or "challenge" and gauntlet meaning "a form of punishment in which lines of men beat a person forced to run between them"; but this has not always been the case. The story of the gauntlet used in to throw down the gauntlet is linguistically unexciting: it comes from the Old French word gantelet, a diminutive of gant, "glove." From the time of its appearance in Middle English (in a work composed in 1449), the word has been spelled with an au as well as an a, still a possible spelling. But the gauntlet used in to run the gauntlet is an alteration of the earlier English form gantlope, which came from the Swedish word gatlopp, a compound of gata, "lane," and lopp, "course." The earliest recorded form of the English word, found in 1646, is gantelope, showing that alteration of the Swedish word had already occurred. The English word was then influenced by the spelling of the word gauntlet, "glove," and in 1676 we find the first recorded instance of the spelling gauntlet for this word, although gantelope is found as late as 1836. From then on spellings with au and a are both found, but the au seems to have won out."

-- http://www.thefreedictionary.com/gauntlet


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OK, I haven't lost my mind after all (or at least not yet).  Gentlemen, thank you!

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That's what I thought too!!  But checking the online dictionary, it mentioned only gloves -- as in throwing down the gauntlet.

Online dictionaries seem woefully inadequate.  I wish I could subscribe to the OED, but $295/yr is just too much.
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Who needs subscriptions to OED, when a post on backpacker.com costs nothing? :)

I wonder how 'gauntlet' and 'gaunt' are related. Nothing in the definition of either seems to be relevant to the other.

Oh .. not to be TOO pedantic .. but, Ben, the phrase would be 'running the gauntlet', not 'running through the gauntlet'. I know, I know .. but you DID ask. :)

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Yes, running the gauntlet.

So... per Merriam Webster:

Origin of GAUNTLET [glove]

Middle English, from Middle French gantelet, diminutive of gant glove, from Old French, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch want glove, Old Norse vǫttr
First Known Use: 15th century


Origin of GAUNTLET   [line]

by folk etymology from gantelope
First Known Use: 1645


Which naturally begs the question of 'gantelope'.  Again, per Merriam Webster:

Origin of GANTELOPE

modification of Swedish gatlopp, from Old Swedish gatulop, from gata road + lop course
First Known Use: 1646

So there.  :cool:


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.. not to be TOO pedantic ..

Is there such a thing as being too pedantic?  People are always trying to spoil my fun.   :laugh:
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The walk of shame

Shame?  Somebody crowed "sticks and stones may hurt my bones, but words can never hurt me!" -- and the first gauntlet was formed!   :;):

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After you do The Walk of Shame, you stand trial in The Kangaroo Court.
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After you do The Walk of Shame, you stand trial in The Kangaroo Court.

Followed by sentencing from the Midnight Judges.

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A modern explanation for "running the gauntlet " is :
"The feeling experienced by a new  poster upon making the first forum comment"
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North American Eastern Woodland Native people's tradition? Probably how it got a French word, Eastern Canada...

Well hah, not French at all,: "folk etymology", well, that would have been my next guess... :)
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A modern explanation for "running the gauntlet " is :
"The feeling experienced by a new  poster upon making the first forum comment"

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Drift Woody's unofficial dictionary:

"The Gauntlet" is a woefully stupid Clint Eastwood film from the 1970's climaxed by a scene in which he and Sondra Locke (who else) drive a bus down a city street with hordes of cops on either side riddling the bus with gunfire without hitting Eastwood & Locke or the other cops on the opposite side of the street.

As I recall, an empty chair was not featured in this one.


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girls' bedroom...

PERVERT!!   :p

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I thought bird was the word.
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"As I recall, an empty chair was not featured in this one. "
That is what happens when we fiddle with the language.
From gantlet we end up with gauntlet although a glove has nothing to do with it and from chairman we end up with "chair"
So now people address the chair and that is what Mr Eastwood  was doing.

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Original spelling was "gantlet" as per my memory:
http://grammarist.com/usage/gantlet-gauntlet/


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Folk etymology is just everywhere.

Who knew?
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Why is there a new initiation for this forum?  :)
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That's what I thought too!!  But checking the online dictionary, it mentioned only gloves -- as in throwing down the gauntlet.

Eh?

First hit: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gauntlet

Scroll down; it's under the second usage.  :D



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When looking for a word, I usually find it in the last place I left it!  :p

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I think this thread over "gauntlet" has run the gamut.

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