[Ads-l] Cowardous

Bwh031451 bwh031451 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 5 15:59:15 EST 2021

I submit that “cowardous” survives largely as a misspelling of “cowardice”.

Similarly, “populous” is often really a misspelling of “populace”.   (Although neither are obsolete.)

In either case, it is a spell-it-like-you-hear-it error.

Perhaps a closer parallel is “avarice”/“avarous”.

Brian Hitchcock
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