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[word-lover] 【整理】2014-08-30 How to Use a Word

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[word-lover] 【整理】2014-08-30 How to Use a Word



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Today's word is cap-a-pie, spelled C-A-P "hyphen" A "hyphen" P-I-E.

Cap-a-pie is an adverb that means from head to foot. Here is the word used in a sentence from The Portland Press Herald of Maine by M. D. Harmon.

"It's only in cartoons that crows have yellow beaks and feet. They are of one shade cap-a-pie, black as midnight and fleet of wing."

Think of a medieval knight riding off to battle completely encased from head to foot, as it were in armor. Knights thus outfitted were said to be "armed cap-a-pie." The term cap-a-pie, which has been used in English since at least the 16th century, descends from the Middle French phrase de cap a pé, meaning "from head to foot." Nowadays, it is generally extended to more figurative armor, as in "armed cap-a-pie against criticism." Cap-a-pie has also been credited with parenting another English phrase. Some people think the expression "apple-pie order," meaning "perfect order," may have originated as a corruption of "cap-a-pie order." The evidence for that theory is far from orderly, however, and it must be regarded as speculative.

I'm Peter Sokolowski with your Word of the Day.

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