Friday, April 12, 2013

AtoZ Blogging Challenge. Almost Kaput, But Not Quite.

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out



Before you go to my K word today, here's something I found. I'm a researcher by nature, so when one of the blogger posted Hebbie-Jeebies as an H word, I had to find out where that came from. It was coined by a cartoonist named W.B. "Billy" DeBeck of Barney Google and Snuffy Smith fame. He came up with or popularized other long-lived words and phrases as well, including bodacious, my B word on this AtoZ luxury cruise. If you come across hotsy-totsy, hot mama or horsefeathers give credit to that cartoonist DeBeck.  Now onto K.

Kaput


I love this word, not the way I love words like kaleidoscope



or kalanchoe


or even kestrel.


Well, you get the idea. These words stay a while in your mouth while their syllables roll around on your tongue. Kaput is a word that sounds like two strokes of an axe. It comes right to the point. 

The agent points her finger my direction and says to the publisher, "That writer's kaput!"
See?
Two axe strokes. Very harsh.

What's your K word?


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45 comments:

  1. Snuffy Smith? Wow, never would've know that was the source of those words.
    We have kestrels and hawks here. Beautiful birds.

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    1. They are beautiful birds. We don't have kestrels, but lots of red tailed hawks circle, especially over the chickens. Yum.

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  2. My K word today is Komondor. I'm blogging about dog breeds to celebrate the July release of my contemporary romance, Chihuahua Momma...I hope it won't go kaput right away :-)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Amy. I'll have to see your posts about the dog breeds. Sounds interesting.

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  3. Kaput always sounded German to me. "The Jews are kaput!" Kangaroo is a good k word

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  4. Love the kaleidoscope image. I sincerely hope we are not kaput yet. :)

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    1. Me too. Let's hope those asteroids take another route in the universe!

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  5. Kaput is one of those words that lets you know you've said every single letter. A very hard sounding word that refuses to be ignored.

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    1. You're right, Angela. I hadn't thought about it that way!

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    1. I miss the old comics. They seemed more lively to me.

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  7. Kaput, kalidescope, kestrel--all worthy options. I don't use kaput enough in my writing. I remember Kestrel bikes were the first ones with carbon fiber. Or the nicest ones.

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    1. Oh right! the Kestrel bike.I'd forgotten those.

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  8. The kaleidoscope image is very pretty. I love that word, because it also speaks to a pastiche, which feels like modern life to me.

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    1. Indeed it does a pastiche that is constantly changing and never the same. Lovely idea, Catherine.

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  9. I like the kaleidoscope picture!

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  10. Kaput is a great word I don't use often enough! I had a hard time with K - probably because my brain is trying keel over and call it quits before the challenge ends! - that is my word right now, keel :)

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  11. Kestrel and kaleidoscope. Beautiful words and beautiful things.

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  12. I like the sound of Kaput. My kids have a couple of Mickey and Minnie Kaleidoscopes and they are cool, they are only 2yrs old so they call it Kai-yee-cop :D

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  13. we do love kaleidoscopes (Even though they're tough to spell LOL)

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  14. I like hotsy-totsy (will have to look it up) and the kalanchoe - so pretty!

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  15. Kaput, sounds like someone spitting. How about Krakatoa?

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  16. Like your kaput. It demands attention. "This town will be kaput unless you..." :)

    My word for the A to Z is kindness. But, I wanted to go with Kaneohe or Kailua my old haunts.

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  17. Hello human Lee,

    O K, very good and kaput, you say? I like the letter "K", a "Special K", I send your way :)

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

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  18. Kaput is a good one!

    I think my K word is Kappa, because I'm a Kappa Delta :)

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  19. I love kaleidoscopes! And kestrels are fascinating birds.

    Kaput definitely gets straight to the meaning.

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  20. My K word is kiss. Not quite as frightening as yours! :)

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  21. Kaput is a great word. Always found it quite comical.

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  22. I still love kaliedescopes. There's something wondrous about them. Maybe because they're similar to telescopes. :)

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  23. Kaput is an excellent word. I use it all the time! :)

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  24. Greatck words! That bird is gorgeous and I've always loved kaleidoscopes.

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  25. Fun K words and excellent pictures! I find kaleidoscopes to be mesmerizing. :)
    ~Jess

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  26. I love kaleidoscopes! Have you ever seen the virtual kaleidoscope? :)

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  27. We had hours of fun with kaleidoscopes as kids. Spirographs too. They came out of that psychodelic era now that I think of it.

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  28. Hi Lee .. as Steve says .. I love kaleidoscopes .. but Kestrels, and kaput sometimes - the need to stop.

    Cheers Hilary

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  29. It is a harsh word.

    I love Carrie's word. Kaleidoscopes are cool.

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  30. I always say that words are alive!!
    Take kaput, for example, it's short, harsh and delivers a blow to the gut! The meaning is in the sound of the word!

    Writer In Transit

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  31. I like phrase origins--and understand your need to dig for the information. Excellent find--and interesting. Your K words are good ones, and just plain fun to say. Funny---huh? Some words are fun to say; some words are fun to type. My mother used the word, "kaput" a lot. :-) Great "K" post, Lee!

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  32. I don't know my K words. Let's see- knuckleball and kidnappers.
    Kaput does sound like two axe strokes. Kaleidoscope is a pretty word that evokes beautiful imagery and is fun to say.

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