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
an honorary degree from her alma mater that is simply the latest kudo for an outstanding career in journalism
a kudo is in order for the way the young people acquitted themselves at their first formal dance
Recent Examples of kudo from the Web
Kudos to the administration for stepping in to back its pledge to support women in developing countries.
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Special thanks and kudos go to senior multimedia designer Bill Schulz for finding many of the gems in the Journal Sentinel photo archives.
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The Mount Washington Post Office, for example, received kudos.
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Music director Paige Rammelkamp earns kudos for creating an inspiring chorus to make the most of a largely mediocre score with a few shining exceptions.
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Origin and Etymology of kudo
back-formation from kudos (taken as a plural)
First Known Use: 1926See Words from the same year
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