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Kudos and Magical Glory

Whimsical collage of a man playing guitar on a clock with a boat in the background

I don’t remember the first time I heard the word “kudos,” but I distinctly remember thinking that it was 1970’s slang. How wrong I was!

I only found out last week that “kudos” goes all the way back to the days of Homer, meaning “magical glory” in ancient Greek. So if someone says, “Kudos, you did a great job at the game,” the original meaning was more like, “Magical glory! You’ve been blessed by the gods. Great job.”

How cool is that?

At the moment, a fierce battle is raging among linguists regarding this word (a battle which, by the way, I would love to see in person). 

Get all the details in episode 69 of the Vocabbett podcast! You can listen on your favorite podcast player, or hit play below!

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