Accolade Plus Accolade. In french, an accolade is a gesture where two friends embrace each other, symbol of mutual appreciation. It is something that cannot be done alone. The same word is also used to designate the curly brackets so often used when programming. In english, the word comes from a ceremony to confer knighthood, from a time where monarchs and knights would both be on the battlefield. Over time, the word transformed to mean praise or award, not something easily granted. Accolade Plus Accolade is symmetrical on purpose. It says projects are to be done together, amongst partners who are alike and complete each other. Our name is our essence, it defines us, the way we think, the way we do things.