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 – Rampallion

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Rampallion (noun) (rare) (archaic)

ram-pal-ee-un

A ruffian, a villain, a rascal.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. Origin uncertain. Perhaps from ramp + -allion, perhaps showing alteration of rascallion by association with ramp. Perhaps compare later ramscallion, rapscallion, tatterdemalion.

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Word of the Day – Paraph

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Paraph (noun)

pa-raf

A flourish at the end of a signature, usually as a precaution against forgery.

Late Middle English (denoting a paragraph): from French paraphe, from medieval Latin paraphus (contraction of paragraphus ‘short horizontal stroke’).

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