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Feb 23, 2017
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Origin unknown

This week’s words
kibosh
copacetic
rambunctious
codswallop
lollygag

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codswallop

PRONUNCIATION:
(KODZ-wol-uhp)

MEANING:
noun: Nonsense.

ETYMOLOGY:
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. Earliest documented use: 1959.

USAGE:
“And to think that there are people out there -- including some I used to vaguely respect -- who actually buy into and believe that kind of codswallop.”
Jesus, St John, and Mahatma Gandhi need YOU; Malta Today (San Gwann); Jan 19, 2017.

See more usage examples of codswallop in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure. -Thurgood Marshall, US Supreme Court Justice (1908-1993)

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