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Feb 24, 2022
This week’s theme
Words borrowed from German & Hawaiian

This week’s words
Sehnsucht
lei
verstehen
kapu
wissenschaft

kapu
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kapu

PRONUNCIATION:
(KAH-poo)

MEANING:
noun: Taboo.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Hawaiian kapu, from the Proto-Polynesian root tapu which also gave us taboo. Earliest documented use: 1933.

USAGE:
“I haven’t explored deeply into the caverns as they are considered kapu.”
Kristie Clark; Dragon Clan; Delphi; 2021.

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