Apparently this wasn’t the first year that I thought to myself “why on earth is it called bunting?”. While it may not be the perfect definition, I do like the etymology this site offers for the word: “”flag material,” 1742, perhaps from Middle English bonting gerundive of bonten “to sift,” because cloth was used for sifting grain, via Old French, from Vulgar Latin *bonitare “to make good.” And, while I try not to picture the scene from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (you know you thought of this, too)……
I did find our previous post describing what exactly bunting is:
“Bunting. Before writing this post, I thought it referred to the half-circle Americana we see around US holidays – but that seems to be only it’s modern use. Bunting originally referred to the fabric — a type of worsted wool. Utilized first by the Royal British Navy for it’s
flappability undulating abilities, this lightweight fabric became synonymous with flags.
Bunting, as it’s known today, refers most any patriotic flag displays – even those not utilizing the whole of a nation’s flag, but part (i.e., pleated red and white stripes with a blue and white star badge). Think of bunting as an artistic display of a nation’s flag – rather than the prescribed iteration.
Believe it or not, our group of friends includes a vexillologist! When asked about bunting, he said that “it is used in countries across the globe, and isn’t unique to America. Usually, the bunting is basically just a derivative of the national or regional flag, either a simple design using the colors of the flag only (red, white, and blue bunting is common), or sometimes it’s actually the entire flag design just laid out in a different form or shape for display in a different manner from a traditional flag (places like the UK put the entire Union Flag on everything). We certainly all associate bunting with “pulling out all the stops” for the most festive of occasions, and not day-to-day display like traditional flags.” [Thanks friend!]”