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“Cod” meaning “phony” has been British slang since the early 20th century. “Cod,” apart from fishy uses, has actually been slang since the late 17th century, but its original sense (for our purposes here) was to mean “fellow” or, a bit more pungently, “fool” (“Ye vile drunken cod,” 1878). Some have proposed that “cod” was actually short for “codger,” meaning “a stingy and/or peculiar old man.”

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