Outrageous, contagious, whatever

Ruthie in One Big Happy continues her grappling with English vocabulary:

You might think that outrageous and contagious are not very close phonologically — /awtr/ vs. /kǝnt/ — but they are rhyming trisyllables in a very small lexical space: courageous is the only other such word of any frequency. So in the lexicon that Ruthie might have been exposed to, they are very close indeed.

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