Re: most looked-up words
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 20:47|
> On Tuesday, December 7, 2004, at 06:43 , 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.),
Don't blame me! I'm a classicist enough to use a classicizing
> > which is itself a reanalysis of Greek _kudos_ [ku:dOs] 'glory',
> neuter singular. [ku:dOs] was Doric Greek, [ky:dOs] was Attic &
> Koine, and ['kiDOs] is Byzantine & modern.
That may be, but the British schoolboys probably learnt the word
from reading Homer. If so, then there's the question of whether
the vowel had fronted yet in Attic/Ionic. (Well, Homeric dialect
was a mix of many different dialects anyways.)
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