01-21-2013 06:09 PM - edited 01-21-2013 06:10 PM
Kudos (honor, glory) is word of Greek origin and a singular, similarly to other "os" words like pathos (emotion of sympathetic pity), thanatos (death) or ethos (character or fundamental values).
Kudos is can be pronounced in various ways, like "Q-DOS", "Q-dose" , "Koo-DOS", or "koo-dose".
Outside of Harmony Central, you cannot receive "1 kudo".
Don't start imitating this!
01-21-2013 06:33 PM
Languages are not static. Would it pleaseth thou if we all started spouting Elizabethan English forsooth? While it's still in flux, online dictionaries are saying that the trend is that kudo is becoming the singular and kudos the plural. Be there or be square LOL.
01-24-2013 10:11 AM - edited 01-24-2013 10:12 AM
Languages are not static. Would it pleaseth thou if we all started spouting Elizabethan English forsooth?
I think you mean "pleaseth thee", LOL. That pronoun exhibits cases, like she/her.
That English was like some alien language compared to modern.
Though I would detest having to learn and use Shakespeare's English, I could perfectly tolerate that of, say, Edgar Allen Poe, or Charles Dickens.
English may not be static, but the changes from, say, 1613 to 1813 were a lot greater than from 1813 to 2013, indicating an increase in the stability of the language. Spread of education and the printed word helps with that, I bet. (Come on, Shakefpear could not even spell his own name consistently, and he was one of the more literate ones.) The proliferation of audio/video recordings will further impede changes in the English language. Today, a child born in the English speaking world is not exposed only to the dialect spoken in his village, but to the English used in global mass media, as well as recorded English going back generations. Contrast that to the olden days when most of the speech you ever heard was your village dialect, and never learned to read.
While it's still in flux, online dictionaries are saying that the trend is that kudo is becoming the singular and kudos the plural. Be there or be square LOL.
Unless the usage is noted as improper, then you are not dealing with an authoritative dictionary that one can turn to for proper use.
Those who use dictionaries require authoritative dictionaries. On the other hand, those who think "kudo" is a word are not users of dictionaries. They didn't pick up the usage from a trendy online dictionary, but just from being ignorant. They had never seen a word ending in "os" that wasn't a plural, and that's that. These are the same people who think that "a lot" is one word, and "there" is a fine way to contract "they are".
In order to maintain their quality and authority, dictionaries must resist change. In particular, change spurred by non-users of dictionaries.
"kudo" does deserve to be in a dictionary: that is, in a dictionary from a foreign language to English, for the benefit of people learning English. It should be accompanied by a note saying "do not use this". It need not appear in the reverse dictionary.
01-24-2013 12:43 PM
From the OED:
01-24-2013 12:50 PM - edited 01-24-2013 12:56 PM
Languages are not static. [...]
Latin and Ancient Greek are.
That said, words and phrases are appropriated from dead languages and injected into living languages on an ongoing basis. The original meanings frequently change in ways small and large.
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