I hate the word “kudos”.
Kudos means “fame” or “renown” resulting from an achievement. (You invented a glass fly-swatter? Kudos to you!).
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “kudos?”
That’s right! You think of The Game of Cootie. An old game where the goal was to assemble the plastic bug called the Cootie (see picture below).
(Of course, no one has ever actually played the game. Parents would buy it for the kids. Since children have an attention span so short that scientists have not yet invented a unit of measure to adequately describe it, the kids would immediately start putting the Cooties together and start playing Battle of the Funky-Colored Cooties. The rules of the game were never actually used).
But I digress. Since “kudos” is a word used as a praise of some achievement, can you imagine rewarding someone’s achievement by handing them a Cootie bug? What would be the point? Why would you do that?
Also, Kudos comes from the Greek κῦδος, which means “that which is heard of“, not to be confused with the Greek κύδος, which means “taunt”. Now you might be wondering, “How did this discussion turn from etymology to Cootie Bugs? Interestingly enough, the word “etymology” (the study of words) is often confused with the word “entomology” (the study of bugs). Etymology. Entomology. Kudos. Cootie. κῦδος. κύδος. Freaky, isn’t it?
Now if justice was achieved and the word kudos disappeared from the known universe, what would happen? What word could we possibly use in it’s place? Hmmm. That’s a tough one. Let’s see . . . I got it! How about the word . . . GOOD! As in “Good job!”, or “That was good!”. If we use the word “good”, then we will always know a compliment was intended, and not a Cootie bug.
I like the word “good”. But I also like Cootie Bugs. Go figure.