'coward out' quickly revisited

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Dec 24 01:31:53 UTC 2004

At 8:24 PM -0500 12/23/04, Laurence Horn wrote:
>Needless to say I coward out of the 4th cycle and opted for part "A"
>for the last one.

Just thought of checking google on the sequence "I coward out" and
found three that clearly involve the past tense, so this is not a new

I coward out of a fight I didn't want to be in because I hated my son
of a gun commanding officer.

the fact that I coward out and had to start school...

There has been times when I know I should have said something or done
something that I coward out on.

and for a third person example (with another eggcorn lurking not too
subtly within):

And most important Josephus had other reasons for rewriting them as
doing so, since he coward out of a pack made with his comrades.

Ain't language wonderful?!


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