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On Tuesday, December 7, 2004, at 06:43 , Thomas R. Wier wrote:

>> Also, ten points to anyone who can tell me what a 'kudo' is.
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> _kudo_ [k_hudo/@u] is a backformation from _kudos_ [k_hudo/@uz](pl.),

Ach!!

> which is itself a reanalysis of Greek _kudos_ [ku:dOs] 'glory',

neuter singular. [ku:dOs] was Doric Greek, [ky:dOs] was Attic & Koine, and
['kiDOs] is Byzantine & modern.

>  which
> is usually said to originate in British schoolboy slang.

Almost certainly, hence the pronunciation [k_hjud@s] extant here. If it
had come by the 'normal' route via Latin, it would have been *cydus    :)


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