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The origins of kaput [13 Aug 2004|07:00pm]
Here's where the word kaput came from, courtesy of

"Kaput" originated with a card game called piquet that has
been popular in France for centuries. French players originally
used the term "capot" to describe both big winners and big
losers. To win all twelve tricks in a hand was called "faire
capot" ("to make capot"), but to lose them all was known
as "etre capot" ("to be capot"). German speakers
adopted "capot," but respelled it "kaputt," and used it only for
losers. When English speakers borrowed the word from German,
they started using "kaput" for things that were broken, useless,
or destroyed.
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