Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Bunt & Bunting

A listener asked if there is a connection between a bunt – the baseball maneuver – and a bunting – the bird.  There is no connection. The name of the bird may come from a Scots word meaning plump. The baseball maneuver came from a word that meant to strike or push.

There are many meanings for the word bunt, most of them totally unconnected even though the spelling remains the same, and a few meanings for the word bunting.

·      to stop the ball with the bat without swinging it  1889
·      to haul up the middle part of a sail  1611
·      to sift meal  1340

BUNT  n.
·      the bag-shaped part of a sail or net  1582
·      a parasitic fungoid that attacks wheat  1601
·      a portion of the stem of corn  1775
·      an instrument for sifting meal  1796
·      the tail of a rabbit  1805
·      a medium quality of firewood  1884
·      an extra profit or gain  1851
·      the action of stopping a ball with a bat without swinging it  1889
·      an aerobatic maneuver involving half an outside loop followed by a half roll  1932

·      the name of a bird related to the lark  1325
·      the swelling of a sail or a net  1681
·      cloth made for constructing flags, banners, etc.  1742

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