Re: most looked-up words
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 6:45|
From: Tristan Mc Leay <conlang@...>
> I imagination 'defenestration' found it's way because it's such a cool
> word, who else would've thought there'd be a word for throwing things
> out of windows?
My question is: was the word actually invited for the most famous
instance of that act in 1618 igniting the Thirty Years' War? I suppose
one could rather easily discover the truth by looking in the OED, for
English citations at least. I suppose the word was originally coined
> Also, ten points to anyone who can tell me what a 'kudo' is.
_kudo_ [k_hudo/@u] is a backformation from _kudos_ [k_hudo/@uz](pl.),
which is itself a reanalysis of Greek _kudos_ [ku:dOs] 'glory', which
is usually said to originate in British schoolboy slang.
Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally,
Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right
University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of
1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter.
Chicago, IL 60637