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ESP
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0 posted 07-12-2000 02:12 PM       View Profile for ESP   Email ESP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ESP

Just a quick question:

What is kudos?
I have seen this word twice and I have no idea what it means....someone enlight me (and please don't call me dumb for not knowing!!).

Love and hugs,
Lizzie



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1 posted 07-12-2000 03:25 PM       View Profile for Dusk Treader   Email Dusk Treader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dusk Treader

I've always thought "kudos" meant good work and congratulations.. but my handy dandy dictionary says "glory/renown"

Hope that clears things up, LOL


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2 posted 07-12-2000 03:26 PM       View Profile for Jamie   Email Jamie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Jamie's Home Page   View IP for Jamie

Here ya go Lizzie--

       Acclaim or praise for exceptional achievement.


[Greek magical glory.]
Kudos is one of those words like congeries that look like plurals but are
       etymologically singular: correctness requires Kudos is (not are) due her for her brilliant
       work on the score. Some writers have tried to defend the use of kudos with a plural
       verb, or even the introduction of a new singular form of kudo, on the grounds that these
       innovations follow the pattern whereby the English words pea and cherry were re-formed
       from nouns ending in -s that were thought to be plural. Perhaps the singular kudo would
       have to be acknowledged as a legitimate formation if it came to be widely adopted in the
       popular language in the way that cherry and pea have. But at present kudos is still
       regarded as a slightly pretentious variant for praise and can scarcely claim to be part of
       the linguistic folkways of the community. When writers reach for an unfamiliar Greek
       word for the sake of elegance, it is fair to ask that they get it right. Still, it is worth noting
       that even people who are careful to treat the word syntactically as a singular often
       pronounce it as if it were a plural: etymology would require that the final consonant be
       pronounced as a voiceless (s), rather than as a voiced (z).

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3 posted 07-12-2000 10:16 PM       View Profile for BSC   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BSC

WOW Prometheus..... and uh, kudos!!!
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