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The correct spelling for kaput, in the Yiddish alphabet, is needed in the Etymology section. Bennmorland 02:33, 14 May 2005 (UTC)

The word seems in fact to come from the French 'capot'.

More likely, they all come originally from Latin caput. --EncycloPetey 06:57, 18 April 2006 (UTC)

Yiddish in Etymology[edit]

Almost 9 years later, the etymology still lists Yiddish as the derivation. Every source I checked claims French 'capot' is the derivation, as commenter at IP address wrote above.

Barring your objections and my laziness, I will change the etymology to reflect 'capot' as the derivation.

Charletan (talk) 19:24, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

The current etymology says nothing about Yiddish being the derivation, it says it came from German via Yiddish- which is probably true. Of course, German got it from French, so you should add that part- but there's no need to remove anything. Chuck Entz (talk) 08:39, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

> it came from German via Yiddish- which is probably true
Is it? Do you have a source for that probability?

> Of course, German got it from French
How can German get it from French yet via Yiddish?

Charletan (talk) 23:56, 10 January 2015 (UTC)