[Ads-l] cowardous, adj.

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 18 09:36:12 EST 2022


Not transcription errors.

I heard them live and loud and jotted them down immediately.

JL

On Tue, Jan 18, 2022 at 9:33 AM Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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