Loved this unusual word when I read it in a short story by C.B. Wentworth.  This sent me on a dictionary quest to discover its meaning.    I could have googled its definition, however, I enjoy the feel of a book in my hands and I have six different English dictionaries at home.  Only one had the definition, the 1988 New Lexicon Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language, although the word was actually spelled as two.   Cods wallop, defined as foolish nonsense, is British slang.

I made the Dictionary Reference notebook for easy access to the interesting Supplements to each book:   Sobriquets of Cities, Mythological and Classical Names, Musical Terms, Gazetteer, Flags of the World, etc. etc.


About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative and she works in a variety of materials including pencils, paints, paper, porcelain and fabric. Her current projects involve hand-sewn bookbinding, children's book illustrating, and writing. In 2010, two of her paintings were published in the Saddleback College literary magazine, The Wall. In the past, she has received recognition for painting and doll making. Linda lives in California with her husband and family pet. Her new blog can be found Please visit often to see how the site develops. Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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2 Responses to Codswallop

  1. Ha ha! I first heard that word a while ago while watching a BBC show on DVD. It was such an interesting word, I just had to use it in a story! 🙂 Inspiration comes from the strangest of places, doesn’t it?

    Thanks for reading my story. 🙂

  2. robin ward says:

    What a delightful word! I will try not to write a lot of codswallop when sharing my thoughts in your blog, Linda. (Did I use the word correctly in a sentence?)

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