The Latin word caput means, head.

When a Roman wanted to use the prepositional phrase, “of the head,” he would use the word capitis. Capitis is the “genitive” form of the word caput. I mention this for a simple reason. The genitive spelling of a Latin word often influences the spelling of English words.

Speaking of English words that come from this Latin word, there are quite a few. Over the next few days, I will post about these English words. I have quite a few already, but, before posting, I thought it might be fun to get some help.

So… can you think of any English words that derive from the Latin word, caput?