Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
‘Precautious’ is a perfectly good, if uncommon, word; the adjectival form of ‘precaution.’ (Though a google search shows that a lot of people use it as a fancy synonym for ‘cautious.’) It has no direct connecion to ‘precocious.’ However, one way for a child to manifest precocity is to exhibit the more cautious and deliberate cognitive style of someone older- hence the eggcornish substitution in the first 2 examples below. I’m less sure about whether or not the other examples are just mistakes.
Charlotte was a precautious and disciplined child. She spoke fluently French, German and English and later on she learned Italian and Spanish.
Attachment, the development of the self, and its pathology in … coping with arousal and ambivalence through a precautious over-control of affect ...
precautious talent of certain children to pick up knowledge can be explained only by reincarnation.
I was a precautious child,...I still remember a room crammed with little kids, shouting the syllabary …
precautious development of the pancreatic gland can be considered and achieved by hormonal therapy, as long as we know the potential players.
Precautious Puberty in a 3-Year-Old Male. D. Iliev. a. , B. Vassileva-Klisarska. b. a. University Children’s Hospital, Sofia, Bulgaria,. b. Sofia, Bulgaria …