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From: Telepathic <>
Subject: Re: Bunting
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 18:53:44 +0100
>Just to throw another stone in the pond to see how far the ripples spread:
>I did a search for 'Bunting' on www.Dictionary.com. One of the hits suggested an alternative form of the word in 'Buntine'. Bunting/buntine was/is a name for finely sifted flour. It speculates the sieving was done using a woollen cloth which today is used mainly for making flags. <I paraphrase>.
>Anybody got a copy of the full OED handy??DaveD
No, but I have a huge and heavy Random house Dictionary which gives the
Bunting: 1. A coarse, open fabric of worsted or cotton for flags,
signals, etc. 3. Patriotic and festive decorations made from such cloth,
or paper, usually in the form of draperies, wide streamers etc, in the
colours of the national flag.3. Flags, expecially a vessel's flags,
collectively (1735-45) Originating from "sifting cloth", hence, bunt -
to sift (from the middle english "bonten".
Since this was taking place in a brewery (I think I remember rightly)
perhaps they were bunting barley and/or hops and the like with a bunting
cloth in the bunting room?
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