Re: RARA-AVIS: zebra crossings/UK noir

From: Peedie Monk (
Date: 13 Jun 2002

> From: "Buzz" > Incidently, I believe a punter to be a willing and
> customer, a
> > fool all too eager to give his money away.
> >
>From John: Yes, though Carrie is right too - the original sense is of a
gambler (one
> who takes a punt) but it tends to be used just to mean customer or
> consumer.

There's a third meaning, at least in Scotland. With regard to Rankin, it's probably the one he uses most. A punter is any person. For example, "Who's that punter in the kilt pretending to be William Wallace?" just means "Who's that man....," etc.

Al Guthrie

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