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Re: most looked-up words

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 20:47
Ray wrote:
> 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.), > > Ach!!
Don't blame me! I'm a classicist enough to use a classicizing pronunciation.
> > 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.) ========================================================================= 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