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Kudos - Word of the Day- Mon Jun 1, 2020




Kudos - (noun) - 1: fame and renown resulting from an act or achievement: prestige; 2: praise given for an achievement

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Heath Ledger received many kudos for his portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight, including receiving the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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"Kudos" is a Greek singular.  The plural is "kudoi."  So it is just as ungrammatical to write "many kudos" as it is to write "many praise."  "Much kudos" is quite proper, however, just as "much praise" is.

In any case, to use a Greek word when there is a perfectly good native English one to do the job is a bit pretentious.

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I'm not advocating trying to restrict our vocabulary solely to words of Anglo-Saxon derivation, if that's what my point appeared to be.  "Program," "charisma," and "character" are Greek words that have developed specific meanings in English that would be hard to convey in pure Anglo-Saxon vocabulary.  I just don't think "kudos" adds any value that "praise" doesn't already convey.  Whereas you could write a whole dissertation on why we need both "charisma" and "gift" in our vocabulary.

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