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I agree: "humorous" backformation of "uncouth" which is itself only used humorously or ironically. And I think it could only describe a person and not a place anyway.
I thought couth (which my iPhone is fighting hard not to let me type!) was a humorous back-derivation from uncouth but actually didn't exist?But even then it surely describes manners/behaviour. A place can't be uncouth so it surely can't be couth!
...'couth' to describe a place? I'd always thought of it in connection with manners/ behaviour but someone I know is in the habit of describing 'naice' places as 'couth'. It makes me cringe. Are they correct to use the word in this context??
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