Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Singular


     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." 


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