LESSON TWO This next word group has 4 such words: Acclaim, Accolade, Kudos, and Commendation * *Acclaim* refers to public and enthusiastic approval.
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, Jan 31, 2010
This next word group has 4 such words:
"Acclaim, Accolade, Kudos, and Commendation"
*Acclaim* refers to public and enthusiastic approval. When a play or novel receives very good reviews from critics, it is said to have received *critical acclaim*. *Acclaim* can be used as both a noun and a verb. A person can be *acclaimed* (that is, publicly praised) for something, or be given *acclaim*.
*Accolade* is a more formal way of saying "award". An *accolade* is formal praise or approval, and is often in the form of something tangible, like a trophy or medal. *Accolade* can also be a more formal or sophisticated way of saying "applause."
*Kudos* is also an expression of approval or praise, but it doesn't have to be public. In fact, it can be used rather informally: Let's say you want to congratulate someone for doing something well; rather than simply saying, "Good job," you could say, "*Kudos* [to you on a job well done!]"
But *kudos* also refers to the public praise or glory that comes with fame..."Celebrity carries with it a certain amount of *kudos*."
A *commendation* is a statement of praise, or, like an *accolade*, a formal prize or award received in recognition. All these words are very similar and the use of one of these words over another depends largely on context.
To recap the nuances:
*Acclaim* is mostly used in the context of *critical acclaim* or *public acclaim*, such as is given in a public forum, like a newspaper.
*Accolade* is also public, but is given in front of a (usually large) public audience, like an awards show. *Kudos* can refer to either of these, but is also a great, quick way, to offer praise.
Let's say an actor did a great job in his most recent role.
1. He received *critical acclaim* for his performance, later receiving an *accolade* in the form of an Academy Award.
2. A friend later congratulated him, saying, "*Kudos* on your performance and the award."
3. Later that year, the film's director gave him the ultimate acting *commendation*, a role in his next film.