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VOTD: Sgt. Kitten Takes Point

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***This is a repost as I try to repair the damage to my site.***

Video of the Day

This was originally posted on June 9. I uploaded the video to WordPress, only to have it malfunction in the Reader. The “Pro” Plan was a complete disaster, which is why it isn’t available, anymore. The server migration that was being done for the “Pro” Plan made crazy echoes of uploaded videos, as all the previously listed links in posts were broken. I have several posts with videos, stuck in my Reader, that won’t play and, even after I delete the post, the echo of the post remains in my Reader feed. Way to go, Happiness Engineers!

I will be deleting & reposting all of my damaged posts…and cursing, loudly. ~Vic

Word Wednesday: Kaput

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The adjective kaput:
“ruined, done for, out of order”
is used only in [a] predicate position, not in [an] attributive position. [T]hat is, you can only say “My car is kaput” but, not “I’ve got a kaput car.”

Kaput comes from the German colloquial adjective kaputt:
“broken, done for, out of order, (of food) spoiled”
which was taken from the German idiom capot machen, a partial translation of the French idioms faire capot and être capot:
“to win (or lose) all the tricks (in the card game piquet).”

Faire capot literally means “to make a bonnet or hood” and its usage in Piquet may be from an image of throwing a hood over or hoodwinking one’s opponent. Unsurprisingly, kaput became widely used in English early in World War I.

I find the word’s description, above, apropos to today’s insanity. And, if you are so inclined, a video for five minutes of your time. ~Vic