Why I Didn’t Say “A Big Kudo to Our Quizzicist”

The reason I didn’t offer a great big kudo to our deserving Quizzicist is this: Not long ago, there was no such thing as a kudo. Our word kudos was lifted directly from Greek, where kudos means “magical glory.” Later, English speakers sometimes mistook kudos as a plural, forming kudo as the singular. These days only the biggest sticklers insist on sticking to the original singular, kudos. Call me old-fashioned, but I like nodding to the original Greek here, and will lavish kudos on you if you do, too. More in the American Heritage and Merriam-Webster, which disagrees with me. What do you think?

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