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 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;
  the monetary pound of Ireland before the Euro;
  an ancient Egyptian name designating a part of Africa not clearly identified but probably Somaliland;
  the indentation on the bottom of a wine bottle.

There are at least two verb meanings of punt.

 √  in cards, to play at a gambling game against the banker;
  to kick a football or soccer ball with the top of the foot before the ball hits the ground, having been dropped from the hands.

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