|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@...>|