Why does 'disaster' have an 'e' but 'disastrous ' doesn't?

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Why isn't it 'disasterous'?

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  • RP
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    1 month ago
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    It seems the conversion of the noun (disaster) to an adjective (disastrous) involves dropping the "e" and appending the "-ous" suffix. It could be by design or it might have occurred at a time when less attention was paid to spelling. That's the probable reason.

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  • 1 month ago

    Lay off the weed for a bit

    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      That makes no sense.....

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  • Mike
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    In the US, a judge issues a judgment. Two people who argue have an argument. Disastrous is likely derived from the French disastreux.

    • Lôn
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      1 month agoReport

      In the UK, a judge issues a JUDGEMENT!

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  • 1 month ago

    I don't want to be with u then to me saying I'm

    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Whatchu talkin''bout Jake?

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  • Mark
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    1 month ago

    Because the "e" has a "schwa"-type sound, which more or less drops out with extra syllables tacked on.

    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Say, what??

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