Word of the Day – Kaput

By January 12, 2017Word of the Day

Kaput (adj)

ka-put

Broken and useless; no longer working or effective.

Taken from the German kaputt, in turn from French (être) capot  meaning to (be) without tricks in a card game.

Example sentences

“The entire system is kaput, it needs rethinking right from the beginning.”

“Damn, the car is kaput and I can’t afford to replace it right now.”

Word of the Day – Abnormous

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Abnormous (adj) (rare)

ab-nor-mus

Originally meant irregular, misshapen, but has come to mean overly enormous. Mainly US American use.

Earliest use of this is 1747 by bookseller Edmund Curll, thought to be from classic Latin abnormis.

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Word of the Day – Hooligan

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Hooligan (noun)

hoo-li-gun

A violent young trouble maker, often the member of a gang.

Fascinating etymology, hooligan comes from the Irish surname Houlihan. In the 1890s and through to the turn of the century, Irishman Patrick Hoolihan and his family ran riot in London to such an extent that their name became synonymous with disruptive and thuggish behaviour.

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