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What's the origin and context of use of the word kudos?

I think these phrases are similar:

Kudos for you
Karma for you
Points for you

The first time I read kudos was playing Metropolis Street Racer

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Etymonline has this to say about kudos:

"fame, renown," 1799, from Gk. kyddos "glory, fame, renown," from kydos "glory, fame," lit. "that which is heard of" (see caveat). A singular noun in Gk., but the final -s often is mistaken as a plural suffix in English, leading to the barbarous back-formation kudo (first attested 1941).

Especially note the singular vs. plural issue.

The normal preposition to use with it is to and it can be used without a preposition as well when it is used as a direct object, as in these examples:

  1. Kudos to everyone who helped.
  2. The company has earned kudos for responding so quickly to customers' concerns.
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