Words at Play : A Thoughtful Guide to Words About Nonsense

#2: Codswallop 

Definition:

: words or language having no meaning or conveying no intelligible ideas; drivel

Example:

"If you subscribe to the belief that December 21 will mark the series finale of this thing we call existence, then you've probably got a few questions you'd like answered beforehand. There's all that codswallop about the meaning of life and the existence of a higher power, but we're primarily focused on the big questions here." – Michael Arbeiter, New York Post, December 18, 2012

About the Word:

Rumor has it that this 20th century British coinage was originally a derogatory name for products of one Hiram Codd, a 19th-century manufacturer of soft drinks. (Wallop is a colloquial term for "beer.") Evidence to back the story does not exist, though, and the origin of codswallop remains unknown.

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