What is 'codswallop'?

@nannacroc (4049)
February 5, 2009 12:03pm CST
I know wallop used to be a name for beer and cod is a fish so is it beer for cod to make them easier to catch? Or is it beer made from cod to prove the English will drink anything? Any other explanations will be welcomed.
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Nonsense... This is nonsense, didn't you know that?? Fish don't drink, they fall of the bar stools, you old silly, is this a bunch of 'codswallop'?
@nannacroc (4049)
5 Feb 09
Silly me I forgot about their problem with bar stools. Thanks for reminding me.
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• United States
5 Feb 09
U r very welcome..
• United States
5 Feb 09
Oh, BTW, thanks for educating me, now I know a word that I can guarantee that none of my friends know.. thanks
@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Feb 09
Wikipedia to the rescue again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codswallop I prefer the second explanation to the first.
@nannacroc (4049)
5 Feb 09
It's called wrongopedia and I wouldn't trust it to tell me the sky was dark at night.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Feb 09
www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/codswallop.html www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutwordorigins/codswallop?view=uk or www.allwords.com/word-codswallop.html After that. I give up. They can't all be codswallop.
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@dorypanda (1584)
5 Feb 09
DOH! I should read other peoples answers before I answer myself.
@dorypanda (1584)
5 Feb 09
I found this http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutwordorigins/codswallop think it tells you what you want to know. :)
@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Feb 09
Given half a chance this one does Nanna!
@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
6 Feb 09
It's a slang word and one you can check by looking it up in the dictionary. It was in constant use when I was a little kid but now all you hear is "bullsh!t" instead. It's rubbish really, just a lot of nonsense...some might even say "Balderdash!"
@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
6 Feb 09
Fish don't drink anything actually...nods.
@nannacroc (4049)
6 Feb 09
I prefer 'codswallop', 'balderdash' and 'piffle' apart from anything else you can type them here with no exclamation mark.