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Apr 18, 2017
This week’s theme
Well-traveled words

This week’s words
cramoisy
kaput
lilac
alembic
talisman

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kaput or kaputt

PRONUNCIATION:
(kuh-PUT, -POOT, kah-)

MEANING:
adjective: Broken; ruined; finished.

ETYMOLOGY:
From German kaputt (broken, ruined), from French être capot (to be without winning a trick in a game of piquet), perhaps from Provençal. Earliest documented use: 1895.

USAGE:
“Apparently, the only machine in the country capable of calibrating the quality of vehicle smoke has been kaput for years.”
Holy Smoke; Republica (Kathmandu, Nepal); Aug 16, 2016.

See more usage examples of kaput in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The objector and the rebel who raises his voice against what he believes to be the injustice of the present and the wrongs of the past is the one who hunches the world along. -Clarence Darrow, lawyer and author (18 Apr 1857-1938)

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