By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Friday, November 24, 2017 - 09:12 pm:
Its all Greek to me. :-)
Kudos comes from Greek and means ‘praise’. Despite appearances, it is not a plural form. This means that there is no singular form kudo and that the use of kudos as a plural, as in the following sentence, is incorrect: he received many kudos for his work (correct use is he received much kudos for his work)
Origin:, Late 18th century Greek.
By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 02:47 pm:
Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex):
"… Kudos comes from Greek and means ‘praise’. Despite appearances, it is not a plural form. This means that there is no singular form kudo and that the use of kudos as a plural, as in the following sentence, is incorrect: he received many kudos for his work (correct use is he received much kudos for his work) …"
It didn't occur to me that "kudos" was either; perhaps both singular and plural like "moose". It was the forward and back transformation from English to Finnish and back again by Google Translate that I found amusing.
Oh, but lookie here:
1. (click →) OneLook Dictionary Search: kudos.
2. (click →) OneLook Dictionary Search: kudo.
Of course "kudo" (singular) is a back-formation from "kudos". (English is kinda crazy that way.)
Is kudo a word?
"Some commentators hold that since kudos is a singular word it cannot be used as a plural and that the word kudo is impossible. But kudo does exist; it is simply one of the most recent words created by back-formation from another word misunderstood as a plural. Kudos was introduced into English in the 19th century; it was used in contexts where a reader unfamiliar with Greek could not be sure whether it was singular or plural. By the 1920s it began to appear as a plural, and about 25 years later kudo began to appear. It may have begun as a misunderstanding, but then so did cherry and pea."
Again, fun with language(s).
Oh, and note this from the Urban Dictionary (kudo)
Now that sure looks like a credible source with all those <bleep>in' [sic]s!
"A term used by idiots thinking that it is the singulal [sic] form of kudos when kudos is accualy [sic] the singular form of 'kudos' the plural form of kudos is pronounced 'coo-doze' and the singular form is pronounced 'coo-dose' both are spelled the same.
On Dictionary.com kudo is defined as a real word. under the defanition [sic] of kudos they explain that kudo is incorrect. you may be thinking 'But if lots of people use it it's a word' well lots of people are really <bleep>in' stupid, too, should we just accept their standards?
Thanks to George Carlin