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Posted by ESC on January 22, 2004

In Reply to: Wallop/Wollop posted by Confused on January 22, 2004

: : : codswollop

: : That posting is mostly correct I think. The wallop part isn't though - that was a term for beer lomg before Mr Codd.

: Which spelling/

: Interesting thought - the part of Belgium near Brussels is called Wallonia and the language Walloon. That area has a long and distinguished history of brewing - is there some link between the idea of Wallop and Walloon?

Merriam-Webster online says:

One entry found for codswallop.
Main Entry: cods·wal·lop
Pronunciation: 'kodz-"wä-l&p, 'kädz-
Function: noun
Etymology: origin unknown
Date: 1963
British : NONSENSE