PLEASE emphasize the importance of fact-checking ― more than a few times I've seen them report on a story that later turned out to be codswallop." Since it was a Facebook comment, someone else quickly decided, "I will be using codswallop for all of 2017 ― thank you." So what's that funny word mean? It means "nonsense," as this image from Funky English tells us. With all the fake-news making the rounds, there's a lot of codswallop out there to deal with!
this article on the Lexicolatry blog about words and dictionaries. It may have all begun in the 1870s with a guy named Hiram Codd and a glass marble in the neck of a bottle of fizzy stuff. Or maybe the story's a load of codswallop!