Kudos (pronEng|ˈkjuːdɒs, often IPA|/ˈkuːdoʊz/), from the Greek "κῦδος" (not to be confused with "κύδος" "taunt"), "kydos", (literally "that which is heard of") means "fame" and "renown" resulting from an act or achievement. Extending "kudos" to another individual is often done as a praising remark. It entered English as British university slang in the early 1800s. In Standard British English, as in Greek, "Kudos" is a singular and not a plural noun, and is used exclusively as such in Britain. However, in common use in the US the noun is often plural: "She received many kudos ['ku:doʊz] for her work."

The term is often attributed to recognition in the workplace with many Employee Recognition Programs developed solely to recognize the achievement of individuals.

Usage expanded againFact|date=February 2008 as the term entered the vocabulary of the gaming community. For example, you can earn kudos for completing certain in-game tasks, such as those in the Metropolis Street Racer, the Project Gotham Racing series and as part of the 'Varrock Museum' mini-task in the MMORPG Runescape.

ee also

* Recognition Programs


* [http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/kudos Kudos at dictionary.com]
*"Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage ". Merriam-Webster 1994, ISBN 0877791325 ( [http://books.google.de/books?id=2yJusP0vrdgC&pg=PA581&dq=kudos&lr=&as_brr=0&sig=ACfU3U2FNL3f3LOpVmANXOBDcOjWwF-fsQ restricted online version (Google Books)] )
*Robert Gorell: "What's in a Word? Etymological Gossip About Some Interesting English Words". University of Nevada Press 2001, ISBN 0874173671 ( [http://books.google.de/books?id=ROmDu-bYMRYC&pg=PA61&dq=kudos+etymology&lr=&as_brr=0&sig=ACfU3U0DttUNtZ3KqHibgCXSNu5AdDeJ6Q restricted online version (Google Books)] )

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