Friday, October 30, 2015
A listener who is a fan of the British novelist Dick Francis (a former jockey who writes about horse racing and crime) asked about the word punter, a common term in Francis’ novels. Jim from Suttons Bay called in to share that it means a bettor. It probably came from a French word that meant a card player who lays a stake against the bank in an attempt to gain points.
A review on goodreads.com comments, “Even Money is again about the racing environment, delving into the world of the bookies and the punters on the racetrack.”
The noun punt has several meanings.
√ a long narrow flat-bottomed boat with square ends usually propelled with a pole;
√ in cards, to play at a gambling game against the banker;
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