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Submitted by Christopher Game (Australia), May 10, 2006 at 21:35

Flautista is an Italian word for a flutist. It was adapted, as flautist, into English by Nathaniel Hawthorne (born in Salem, Massachusetts) in 1860. Flutist is the English word, recorded in use since 1603. This information I got from the Oxford English Dictionary. Nothing to do with flouting or flaunting. I suppose flautist might be a sort of affectation that Hawthorne liked.

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