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  • "There's only a fair sprinklin 'of Hillites that lives nigh about here," said the Bishop, "an 'they come because it suits them better than the high f'lutin' services in town.

    The Bishop of Cottontown A Story of the Southern Cotton Mills

  • This confuses matters enough that I wasn't going to share it -- but given that this seems to glance off fictive interaction stuff, in that the space the written words (the form) are taken to be in determines the nature of the (semantic) beast, it seemed appropriate for the lutin-elf.

    Happy Lutin's Birthday!

  • Specially for lutin, here is a sonnet + a bit of head-explodiness for cognitive linguists.

    Happy Lutin's Birthday!

  • Honest old Laughter, the true lutin of your inspiration, must have life left in him yet, and cannot die; though it is true that the taste for your pathos, and your melodrama, and plots constructed after your favourite fashion

    Letters to Dead Authors

  • "Look at this, lutin!" he cried, shoving it at the floating eyeball.

    Dragon on a Pedestal

  • "But that lutin could change shape and do magic-he was going to blind us."

    Dragon on a Pedestal

  • "There are so many dangers-dragons, griffins, even a bad-tempered lutin -"

    Dragon on a Pedestal

  • "Let's get out of here before something happens to free the lutin,"

    Dragon on a Pedestal

  • "You offer a lutin mere fruit, you cretin?" he demanded, dashing it from Hugo's hand.

    Dragon on a Pedestal

  • "Daemon," or, in Latin, "Genius" of Socrates, or the lutin which rode the pen of Moliere.

    Shakespeare, Bacon, and the Great Unknown


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  • A lutin is the French name for a type of hobgoblin in French folklore and fairy tales. Female lutins are called lutines.

    A lutin is like a hobgoblin in the mythology of Normandy, similar to house-spirits of Germany and Scandinavia. It sometimes takes the form of a horse.

    Belief in lutins also spread to North America, particularly the Canadian province of Quebec, as spirits in the form of either pets (such as dogs or rabbits) or other common animals. Cats which are completely white are especially considered likely to be lutins, although seemingly any distinctive animal which dwells on or near the home may be regarded as such.


    January 30, 2008