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What's the deal with "kudos"

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What's the deal with "kudos"

It's kind of a trivial annoyance, but:  "Kudos" is singular.  It means, more or less, praise.  It just happens to end in s.  Greek plurals aren't formed the same way as English ones.  

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Re: What's the deal with "kudos"

Would plural be "kudi"? "kudus"? 


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Re: What's the deal with "kudos"


@willie_mctell wrote:

It's kind of a trivial annoyance, but:  "Kudos" is singular.  It means, more or less, praise.  It just happens to end in s.  Greek plurals aren't formed the same way as English ones.  


Actually; "Kudo" is singular, and "Kudos' is plural.

 

It's easy to get confused here since Comcast personnel and Experts give 2 at a time. The rest of us Peons can only give one.  They give Kudos while we only give a Kudo.

 

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Re: What's the deal with "kudos"


@MNtundraRETNope.  "Kudos" is singular.  It's a Greek word that just happens to end in S.  It's the opposite of the "data" thing.  Data is the plural of the Latin word "datum."  I realize that grammar and language evolve and languages adopt and modify words from other languages.  There is some difference of opinion among lexicographers.  The OED says, "Despite appearances, it is not a plural form. This means that there is no singular form kudo..."  The Merriam Webster site says, "...kudo does exist; it is simply one of the most recent words created by back-formation from another word misunderstood as a plural"  .Note the use of "misunderstood."  Even so, I find the use of "kudo" here annoying.  


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@willie_mctell wrote:

It's kind of a trivial annoyance, but:  "Kudos" is singular.  It means, more or less, praise.  It just happens to end in s.  Greek plurals aren't formed the same way as English ones.  


Actually; "Kudo" is singular, and "Kudos' is plural.

 

It's easy to get confused here since Comcast personnel and Experts give 2 at a time. The rest of us Peons can only give one.  They give Kudos while we only give a Kudo.