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JAPANESE: "Kowai sou"??? What does this mean

I have heard people say something that sounds like "Kowai sou" when they mean "Poor thing". How does this make sense? Did I hear this right?

For learning: Japanese
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    http://mylifeasagaijin.blogspot.com/2006/11/kawaii-or-kowai.html

    こわいそう = so scary
    かわいそう = poor thing
    かわいいそう = so cute

    If you're foreign, any of these may be in play. ;)

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