Pronounced: prih-VIZE, verb

Notes: I didn’t know this word, but you may be able to correctly guess it

Yesterday’s word

The word codswallop means “nonsense”

First usage

This word came into English in the 1950s

Background / Comments

I knew this word, but there is a story behind this word that I didn’t know. In reality, the origin of the word is not known, but I thought the unproven story was worth sharing: A man named Hiram Codd designed a soft drink bottle that had a marble in its neck to keep the fizz. The word “wallop” was slang for beer; those who preferred alcoholic drinks referred to the Hiram’s drink as “Codd’s Wallop”. I’m kind of surprised that something so relatively recent has an unknown origin.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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