Images Conceits & Lollygags

Running the gauntlet

July 7, 2012

A very interesting reversal of words is in process. A "gauntlet" is the double-line of people that a supplicant for, say, knighthood had to run through while being hit and poked by sticks or whatever. a "gantlet" was a glove, usually of the iron sort worn with a suit of armor.

So one would throw down the gantlet to challenge someone to a duel. But now throwing down the gauntlet has become the more common expression. An understandable confusion, and one that is come to be acceptable to most dictionaries. But today I ran across someone who was running the gauntlet of criticism for something, and a reader corrected him to "gantlet." And so the words are changing places.

Books & Stuff

e.g. Fiction, History, Magazine Articles, etc. goes here
The Latest Moriarty - The professor solves a series of heinous murders , catches the killer, and saves the British Empire. With a slight assist from Sherlock Holmes.
Middle book of the fabled "Greenwich Village" trilogy
A Lord Darcy Novel
A Lord Darcy novel
Mystery - Moriarty
The 4th in the "Moriarty" series
Third in the "Professor Moriarty" series

Quick Links

Find Authors