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#177079 - 05/20/08 11:25 PM Re: wondrous word ending 'ous' [Re: BranShea]
Quote:wondrous c.1500, from M.E. wonders (adj.), c.1300, originally gen. of wonder (n.), with suffix altered by influence of marvelous, etc.
I wonder who dropped e from wonders in the formation of wondrous. No one person decreed that it be dropped, I suppose. I don't know whether there is a term for adaptation of spelling to habitual pronunciation (someone here might), but I gather that the phenomenon is as old as writing.
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