The meaning and history of the word Punter
- I am interested by certain words and by why we call things what we do. Words that interest me in particular are ones that have multiple meanings or seem relatively recent.
- I have always considered punter to be one of these words, it feels very British but I couldn’t work out immediately why we as free soccer tips todays call ourselves punters.
- So prepare yourself for the meaning and history of the word “Punter”
- It makes sense to start with a definition, so we are all singing off the same hymn sheet as it were!
- Google’s definition of the word Punter;
- noun, British, informal
- a person who gambles, places a bet, or makes a risky investment.
- This helps to solidify the meaning (this is exactly what I thought the definition would be) but it doesn’t help us with the history of the word.
The History of the Word Punter
- I had to do some digging lớn find this, but it appears to have its roots in rugby of all things! You can prefer lớn the best football tips pages!
- In 1845 it appeared in list of rugby rules, with the context being that you can push or strike the ball.
- Digging back a bit further it looks like punt came from the English Midlands word bunt (which means to push or butt with the head).
- The leap from the act of punting lớn punter came in 1888 when the word Punter was first recorded.
- The link being of course when you punt a ball you can have some idea of where it is going lớn go but you can’t be 100% certain.
Other Meanings of the Word Punter
- During my research I came across some other meanings for the word, some of which I knew and some of which I didn’t;
- A prostitute’s client (I guess you could equally call this a risky investment :-))
- A person who travels in a punt (I had no idea what this is but Scott Edgar very kindly pointed out it is a type of flat boat)
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