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Co­barde, Co­la — Cow­ard

A cow­ard is one who turns his tail and runs: lit­er­al­ly!

The Eng­lish cow­ard comes from the old French coart. Coart, in turn, comes from coe, mean­ing “tail” (from the Latin, co­da for the same), plus the ‑art suf­fix just refers to a per­son do­ing that (think, brag­gart). A cow­ard show you his tail and turns the oth­er way!

In­ter­est­ing­ly, from the Latin co­da, we al­so get the Span­ish for tail, co­la. And from the French coart, we get the Span­ish word for cow­ard, co­barde.

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