The Meaning of Kudos

Is there such a thing as a “kudo”?

Mignon Fogarty,


Following last week’s quick and dirty tip about the word congratulations, it seemed like a good time to share a tip about the word kudos from my book 101 Troublesome Words.

What’s the trouble? Some people mistakenly believe that kudos is plural.

Kudos means “praise” or “glory” and is often used where “congratulations” would fit too. It comes directly from Greek and is singular—singular!—just as the words praise and glory are singular. However, because kudos ends in S and congratulations is plural, some people mistakenly believe that kudos is plural and use kudo as a singular form. That’s just wrong.

 What Should You Do? Use kudos, never kudo. If you can’t remember the difference, or you think that sentences that treat kudos as singular sound weird—like Kudos is in order—stick with congratulations.



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