from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Slang Nonsense; rubbish.

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  • n. Senseless talk or writing; nonsense.

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  • n. nonsensical talk or writing


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown, attested from 1959 episode of UK TV series Hancock’s Half Hour. The writers (Galton and Simpson) state that the phrase was in general use when the show was broadcast.[2] A national TV appeal in the UK in 2006 failed to find earlier references.[1] Originally written (1963) codswallop, spelling cod's wallop is later. (Wiktionary)



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  • snack commented on the list aubreys-brief-lives

    cod's-head n. mid 16th-19th cent. a dupe, or fool; thus the fool's head, often the 'thickness' of the cod's-head, noting mid 17th cent use of cods meaning testicles, thus cod'shead or codshead, penis

    June 8, 2016

  • True, but this one conjures up the nice mental imagery of whacking someone with a fish, whereas poppycock is an entirely different beast.

    June 21, 2007

  • This is pretty much the same as poppycock.

    June 6, 2007

  • NOUN: Chiefly British Slang Nonsense; rubbish.
    ETYMOLOGY: Origin unknown.

    June 5, 2007