Kudos

2005-04-28

This morning over breakfast, I glanced at the cover of the Central Denver Dispatch & Cherry Creek News and was horrified to see the following headline:

Transit Solutions Gains Kudo

Forgive me for shouting, but there is no such thing as a kudo!

The English word "kudos" comes directly from the Greek κυδος, a singular noun meaning "glory" (pronounced "koo-doss", not "koo-doze"). To "gain kudos" means to win praise or glory. You don't win a single praise or a single glory for a single good deed, and then win multiple "praises" or multiple "glories" for multiple good deeds. You either win praise or you don't. I suppose I shouldn't expect much from a local monthly paper, but I get rather particular about words borrowed from Greek...


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