Wednesday November 7th 2012
Like many others of my species, I find the word
"kudos" upsetting. It comes to my mind as a shrug of dismal
acceptance, a sort of mealy-mouthed B+ on the scale of grey.
Which is a long way from origin of the word "kudos" which has a root in the old
Greek for "magic and glory." Both of them joyous experiences.
The other thing to remember, is that the word "kudos"
can turn the grammarian mind apoplectic. Which is never a pretty
sight. "Kudos," is a singular word, it takes an "is," not an "are."
But if you really wish to witness an irrational response, make me watch a
television advertisement that gives "free" a "for."