Why is muntin such a nice word?
Is it because it sounds like munchkin? (Though perhaps that's begging the question, because presumably munchkin was chosen to describe something sweet and lovable because it was a sweet and lovable word.)
Illustration by W W Denslow.
Anyway, the thing is, wouldn't you like to see a muntin? Wouldn't your day be happier, safer, jollier? Wouldn't the grass be greener and the paving stones a slightly crazier shade of grey?
Well, now you can.
You can see muntins here:
photo of a Brighton pub by The Voice of Hassocks
The muntins are the metal or wooden strips which hold the panes of glass together - eg the diamond metal pieces in the picture above.
There are no muntins in my modern house, sadly, but today I shall go out in search some out.
And it'll make me feel just slightly as if I'm on the Yellow Brick Road.
Spot the Frippet: muntin. This word comes from the Old French mountant, from monter to mount.