cowtow vs kowtow : Common Errors in English

About cowtow vs kowtow

You can tow a cow to water, but you can’t make it drink. But the word that means bowing worshipfully before someone comes from the Chinese words for knocking one’s head on the ground, and is spelled kowtow.

kowtow Meaning(s)

  • (n) a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
  • (v) bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
  • (v) try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

cowtow in News

  • SOUND OFF: July 22

    After reading about the Waterford family being attacked by their family Pit Bull, I wonder what all the Pit Bull lovers think now. I also wonder how they were able to have a Pit Bull in Waterford. Thank goodness the board didn’t cowtow down to the few that wanted to eliminate the ban. Another question for the Pit Bull people. What good do these dogs serve? Have you ever seen one of being used as ...
    on July 22, 2013 Source: The Oakland Press

kowtow in News

  • Some Foreign Telcos Reportedly Defied NSA Phone Spying Order

    T-Mobile and Verizon reportedly refused to kowtow to the National Security Agency's demand to collect all phone call records. According to the Wall Street Journal , because T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless are owned by European parent companies, they were able to successfully refuse the NSA's court order.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: TechCrunch

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