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What is a Codswallop British slang?

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Asked by: Annie Proctor

Definition of codswallop British, informal. : words or ideas that are foolish or untrue : nonsense The notion that Scott was waylaid by bad luck is “a lot of codswallop,” said Roland Huntford, a British historian.—

Why do we say codswallop?

A frequently given etymology, although widely rejected as a folk etymology, derives it from Hiram Codd, British soft drink maker of the 1870s, known for the eponymous Codd-neck bottle, with the suggestion that codswallop is a derisive term for soft drinks by beer drinkers, from Codd’s + wallop (“beer (slang)”) “Codd’s …

Is codswallop a slang term?

One of the words in the appeal (and later in the series) was codswallop, which had made its first appearance in the OED in the supplementary volume published in 1972, in which it was recorded as a slang word meaning ‘nonsense, drivel’.

When was the word codswallop first used?


First attested in 1959, codswallop appears to be a relatively young term, perhaps originating from from wallop (beer), and cod in one of its various senses, perhaps “testicles.” (As in a codpiece.) A 1966 citation in the Oxford English Dictionary spells it cod’s wallop.

What is codswallop in a sentence?

nonsensical talk or writing. 1, What a load of codswallop! 2, This is a load of codswallop. 3, I’ve never heard such a load of old codswallop in my life.

Why do they call it poppycock?

Poppycock means nonsense, rubbish, something that is ridiculous or nonsensical. Poppycock comes to us from Dutch immigrants to America who brought with them the word pappekak, which reputedly means soft dung. As one may imagine, the term lost its original dung meaning in its transformation into the word poppycock.

What is a bunch of malarkey?

Definition of malarkey

: insincere or foolish talk : bunkum He thinks that everything politicians say is a bunch of malarkey.

What does cobs wallop mean?

‘Cods’ is a euphemism for testicles (as in cod-piece), and ‘Wallop’, a euphemism for beer. It was a humorous term for ‘piss’, and by transference came to mean ‘rubbish’.

Is Tosh a swear word?

3. Tosh – “Nonsense” The word tosh is used to dismiss something as a bunch of nonsense. It’s used in the way that many speakers would use “baloney” or “poppycock”.

What does dunno mean in British slang?

(I) do not know

dunno in British English
(dʌˈnəʊ , dʊ- , də- ) slang. contraction of. (I) do not know.

Where did the term balderdash come from?

balderdash. 1590s, of unknown origin; originally a jumbled mix of liquors (milk and beer, beer and wine, etc.), transferred 1670s to “senseless jumble of words.” From dash; first element perhaps cognate with Dan. balder “noise, clatter” (cf. boulder*).

What does Boulder Dash mean?


senseless, stupid, or exaggerated talk or writing; nonsense. Obsolete.

Where did the term hogwash come from?

The word hogges wash first appeared in the 1400s in its literal sense, meaning swill for a hog. By the 1600s hog wash was used in an informal manner to mean an alcoholic beverage that did not have a strong enough alcohol content for the drinker.

What does it mean to be full of blarney?

1 : skillful flattery : blandishment. 2 : nonsense, humbug.

What is the meaning of the word bunkum?

insincere or foolish talk

Definition of bunkum
: insincere or foolish talk : nonsense.

What is meaning of odiferous?

1 : yielding an odor : odorous. 2 : morally offensive odoriferous legislation.