[Ads-l] cowardous, adj.

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 18 08:22:56 EST 2022


Rep. Madeleine Dean (D.-Pa.) on Deadline White House the other day:

"Mr. McCarthy is calculating. He is cowardous."

JL

On Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 7:25 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R.-Ill.) on Morning Joe today:
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> "That was a cowardous vote for those twenty-one Republicans."
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> Prob. orig. sugg. by a misapprehension of "That is cowardice!"
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> JL
>
> On Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 7:04 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
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>> I doubt the EME usage ever went away entirely. The homophone "cowardice"
>> encourages it, and it may sound smarter to some than "cowardly."
>>
>> JL
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>> On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 8:50 PM Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
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>>> If you go to the end of the hits, Google says, on page 16, that it has
>>> omitted similar entries. If you have those displayed anyway, it ends on
>>> page 33 with 326 hits.
>>>
>>> Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
>>> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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>>> > On 4 Feb 2021, at 14:05, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>>> wrote:
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>>> > And almost 9,000 hits for plain "cowardous."
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>>> > JL
>>> >
>>> > On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 5:04 PM Jonathan Lighter <
>>> wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com <mailto:wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>>
>>> > wrote:
>>> >
>>> >> OED has this "obsolete" syn. for "cowardly" from 1480-1608.
>>> >>
>>> >> Noah Webster had it in 1828, with the note "Not used."
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>>> >> 2021 Rep. Barbara Lee (D.-Calif.) on_Deadline White House_ (MSNBC TV)
>>> >> (Feb. 4):  I believe in many respects that the Republicans acted in a
>>> >> cowardous manner. ... They are spineless and acting in a cowardous
>>> way.
>>> >>
>>> >> Google reveals 300 hits for "a cowardice [sic] manner" and bare
>>> handful
>>> >> for "a cowardous [sic] way."
>>> >>
>>> >> JL
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>> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the
>> truth."
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