A.Word.A.Day drabble – 6/11/10: “kudos”
A Word A Day by Anu Garg
PRONUNCIATION: (KOO-doz, -dos, KYOO-)
noun: Praise, honor, or credit.
From Greek kydos (praise, renown).
The word kudos is a relatively recent addition to the English language. It entered the language as university slang in Britain, in the early 19th century. It's a singular word, in Greek and in English, but its plural-like appearance prompted some to coin a singular form by dropping the letter s. Many dictionaries (including the OED) now list the word kudo, though marked with an "erroneous" stamp. If the current trends are any indication, chances are over time kudo will drop the black mark on its reputation and become a well-respected word in the language, just as no one today objects to using the word pea (instead of pease) or cherry (instead of cherise).
Non-fiction this time: Married after 64 years together
A commenter online somewhere made a good point: it’s not “gay marriage”, it’s just marriage, and therefore, marriage is legal in only a few states.
New York is the largest state, in terms of population, in which marriage is legal. John Morgan and Lou Halsey took the plunge on November 11, 2011, although they’ve been a couple for the past 64 years.
64 years! Let that sink in a moment.
They dealt with their legal arrangements years ago, the sorts of things that come automatically with a legal marriage, so the only reason to wed was love.
Kudos, New York.