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Re: most looked-up words

From:Mark Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 1:06
On Tue, 7 Dec 2004 11:38:54 +1100, Tristan Mc Leay
<conlang@...> wrote:
> Also, ten points to anyone who can tell me what a 'kudo' is.
A back-formation from interpreted-as-plural "kudos"(*), which is a Greek borrowing denoting awards or honor. "kudos to X" has become a set phrase meaning more or less "X should be congratulated". (*) Similarly, the sandwich formed by wrapping up a mostly-lamb meat mixture in a pita is pretty universally referred to as "a gyro" /' in the US, despite the singularity of the source "gyros".


John Cowan <jcowan@...>