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Lost Words – Let’s Bring ‘Em Back!

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My debut novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront is out now on Amazon and Kobo . 

As a lot of this blog is about writing, I wanted to write a regular article on my favourite forgotten words. You know the type of thing, those poor lost words that sit at the back of our minds, gathering dust, having been discovered years ago in literary classics like Dickens, or Austen. They are the spices of the literary world, but I refuse to let them sit in a cupboard and be ignored until they go out of date! Let’s bring them back!

This month’s word is: CODSWALLOP

Codswallop

Nonsense

I used this word last week in me new book and I wanted to share it with you. Some of you may be familiar with it already, some may not. It’s an old fashioned term for nonsense or rubbish and according to the Oxford Online Dictionary has its origins in the 1960s.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with fish and doesn’t appear to come from someone having once been beaten with a cod, or indeed, having hit someone else with a cod, which I think is a real shame. I’m quite tempted to email the Oxford English Dictionary and ask them if they’re sure this couldn’t be a possibility!

I hope you enjoyed this month’s forgotten word! Do you have any other words for nonsense, or another lost word you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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By Katie Ginger
Katie Ginger, Writer Live. Read. Write.

Katie Ginger

The first thing you need to know about me is, I like gin. Lots and lots of gin.
I live in the South East of England in a lovely little town by the sea and spend my time working, running around after my kids, walking our King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit, and writing!

I love history and have a Master’s degree, but have also been lucky enough to work in various castles and museums over the years. I’ve yet to get one of them into a story though – I really must try harder!