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- Subject: Kudos
- From: Raven Murie <ferrets@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 18:56:12 +0000
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Collette Vosberg asked:
>A bit off the topic - can someone explain the word kudos to me? I've seen
>it before but never really knew what it meant.
Kudos is taken directly from Ancient Greek. Lacking a Greek typeface, I
can't write it out here, but for the curious, here are the Greek letters:
kappa, upsilon, delta, omicron, sigma.
It translates as "glory" or "renown."
I have noticed that English-speaking people sometimes mistakenly believe
that "kudos" is a plural, and when they want to use a singular, will say or
write "kudo," as if that were the singular form. However, "kudos" is
treated as a singular noun. Some people pronounce the final letter as "s,"
and some pronounce it as "z" -- both seem to be accepted, though the
latter pronunciation may lead to the abovementioned singular/plural error.
Hope I have not perturbed anybody by answering a question thought to be "a
bit off topic" by the asker. Words are often (not always, I grant)
important elements of books!