Kudos to you ?

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  1. deQuincey

    deQuincey Well-Known Member

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    ok
    as a non native english speaker i always find something that i do not know, so, here you are todays finding:

    "First, it should be noted that “kudos” is not the plural form of “kudo”, so a “kudo” was once technically nothing. However, because so many people in the last century, mainly in the United States, have thought kudos was plural, in some dictionaries today “kudo” is considered a valid word meaning the same thing as kudos (yet another word created via back-formation).

    To answer your question, kudos in English means:

    1) Praise / Accolades

    2) Credit for one’s achievements

    The word “kudos” comes from the Greek κῦδος (kudos), meaning “glory” or “fame”. The “-os” ending in Greek typically indicates a singular noun and is supposed to be pronounced like “-ose”, rather than “-oze”, as many Americans usually pronounce it, “koo-doze”, or as a lot of British people tend to pronounce it “-oss”, “cue-doss”.

    The word made its way into English around the late 18th century / early 19th century, meaning pretty much the same thing as it means today. The first documented instance of the “singular” word “kudo” didn’t pop up until 1926."
     
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    Awesome information! I love this stuff. I've found non-English speakers are better at it than we are. We often ask our Japanese friend to check our grammer for reports.

    Here's one seen on the side of a barn in central Texas: "S.M.R. Good Doughnuts" Any takers for the translation?
     
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    I am glad to discover that I pronounce it correctly: koo-dose, and I was not aware of the reduction to kudo. So I have that going for me. Kudos to @deQuincey for sharing this info!
     
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    I argue that giving a singular kudo is almost an offense. It is like tipping somebody a single dollar. Be ready for the person returning your tip in anger.
    You either give kudos or nothing.

    Kudos DQ on your kudo research.

     
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    Yes, them are good doughnuts. OSAR!
     
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    First cousin to emerson goodens.
     
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    DQ, as usual thanks for the invaluable information! As for the rest of you guys.....
     

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