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Gauntlet or gantlet

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Run the gauntlet, err, gantlet

In an earlier post, I mentioned that I had been using the words anxious and eager at the wrong times. (They are not interchangeable)   Well, here is another set of words I have not used correctly.

I always would say run the gauntlet but it looks like I should say run the gantlet.

Here are the definitions of the two words:

Gauntlet   A French word meaning a heavy glove usually worn by a knight. It was often armored and had a heavy cuff that covered the wrist or part of the arm.

 To throw down the gauntlet means to issue a challenge or defy someone. To pick up the gauntlet (glove) is to accept someone’s challenge like the knights used to do.

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