Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ


Nov 20, 2003
This week's theme
Miscellaneous words

This week's words
armamentarium
banausic
rapprochement
codswallop
extramundane

Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

codswallop

(KODZ-wol-uhp) Pronunciation RealAudio

noun: Nonsense.

Of unknown origin. According to a popular story, a fellow named Hiram Codd came up with the design of a soft-drink bottle with a marble in its neck to keep the fizz. Wallop was slang for beer and those who preferred alcoholic drinks dismissively referred to the soft-drink as Codd's Wallop. This story is unproven.

"Raising taxes is impossible politically? Poppycock and codswallop, says the Conference Board." William Watson; The 0.2% Solution; National Post (Canada); Nov 11, 2003.

"Mr Norris's mouth cuts a grim strip across his face as he drips scorn on the commission's reasons for the decision, dismissing it as codswallop, as showing a `lack of commercial reality'."
Claire Trevett; Unsmiling Airline Chief Takes Defeat in His Stride; The New Zealand Herald (Auckland, New Zealand); Oct 24, 2003.

X-Bonus

The dew of compassion is a tear. -Lord Byron, poet (1788-1824)

The Book:
A Word A Day is now a book. Find it in your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.

"A delightful, quirky collection." -The New York Times

Join Us:
Subscribe to A.Word.A.Day to receive it in your mailbox every day.

Interact:

Bulletin board
AWADtalk

Moderated Chat
AWADchat

Readers' Voice
AWADmail

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith