Word of the Week: Lunting

Did you ever go on that evening stroll whilst puffing on your favourite pipe and think: “What a singular experience it is to go for a walk with a pipe in my mouth – I sure wish there were a specific word for it!”

Well wish no more for here it is, and high time it should be revived too! From John Mactaggart’s “Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia” of 1824 we have the word ‘lunting’ to describe that very action.

The Scot’s word ‘lunt’ today still means a match or flame used to light a fire, or at times refers to the smoke from a tobacco pipe. ‘To Lunt’ is more often used to mean ‘to light a fire or a pipe’. The probable origin? A Dutch word (‘lont’) from the mid-16th century meaning ‘match’ or ‘fuse’, akin to the Middle Low German ‘lunte’ which also meant ‘match’ or ‘wick’.

The expression, ‘an evening lunt’ is also to be found out there in the depths of the internet such as when this gentleman describes his evening stroll with a pipe in stormy weather to the delights of PipesMagazine.com readers: ‘Lunting in the Rain‘ is the title of his adventure story.

 

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