kudo

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noun ku·do \ˈkü-(ˌ)dō, ˈkyü-\

Definition of kudo

plural

kudos

play \ˈkü-(ˌ)dōz, ˈkyü-\
  1. 1 :  award, honor a score of honorary degrees and … other kudosTime

  2. 2 :  compliment, praise rarely hear that kind of kudo to men anymore — Ellen Goodman

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.

Examples of kudo in a Sentence

  1. an honorary degree from her alma mater that is simply the latest kudo for an outstanding career in journalism

  2. a kudo is in order for the way the young people acquitted themselves at their first formal dance

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Origin and Etymology of kudo

back-formation from kudos (taken as a plural)


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