coup: in French, in English

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The silent p in this word is the heritage of French ancestry, whence English borrows coup. In French a coup is an act, but the feature separating a coup from any old act is that a coup is marked by success and cleverness. English has also borrowed a number of particular coups from French, including coup d’etat, coup de grace, coup de main, and coup d’oeil.

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