[Ads-l] cowardous, adj.

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 18 09:33:11 EST 2022


If these were TV programs, how do we know what the speakers were SAYING?
These appear to be transcription errors, possibly attributable to nameless
interns at the stations.

On Tue, Jan 18, 2022, 8:23 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 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:
> >
> > "That was a cowardous vote for those twenty-one Republicans."
> >
> > Prob. orig. sugg. by a misapprehension of "That is cowardice!"
> >
> > JL
> >
> > On Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 7:04 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> I doubt the EME usage ever went away entirely. The homophone "cowardice"
> >> encourages it, and it may sound smarter to some than "cowardly."
> >>
> >> JL
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> =
> >>
> >> On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 8:50 PM Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >>> 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
> >>>
> >>> > On 4 Feb 2021, at 14:05, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> >>> wrote:
> >>> >
> >>> > And almost 9,000 hits for plain "cowardous."
> >>> >
> >>> > 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."
> >>> >>
> >>> >> 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."
> >>
> >
> >
> > --
> > "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the
> truth."
> >
>
>
> --
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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