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Re: most looked-up words

From:Tristan Mc Leay <conlang@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 12:29
On 7 Dec 2004, at 5.43 pm, Thomas R. Wier wrote:

>> 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.
Thanks to all who answered this question. I'd never've worked it out myself; I'm familiar with _kudos_ (but not Greek) and have always pronounced it and (almost) always hear it /kju:dOs/ so the backformation is totally unintuitive. As for 'gyros', I think it's normally pronounced /suvla:ki/ hereabouts (and spelt 'souvlaki'), based on the description. Usually acquired from fish-and-chips shops. -- Tristan.


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>