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For Cod's Sake, Taste It!

Updated on January 23, 2013

In Cod We Trust!

This light-hearted lens is devoted to fishy food and forgotten words. Frankly, if you hate fried fish, dislike chips with malt vinegar on top, and can't abide an acronym with more than one meaning, then you've probably come to the wrong spot.

On the other hand, for those who adore piscatorial pleasantries, please feel free to play with your lovely pectorals, cuddle that cute caudal, or just show-off those scintillating scales of yours!

And, last but not least, for those who love a bit of pith and vinegar with their fish n' quips, feel free to flip your fins and dig right in!


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Does a fish get cramps after eating?

If You Think Cod Will Answer Your Prayers Hook, Line & Sinker ...Think Again!


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George had a funny feeling that something wasn't quite right... Good Lord, the cockamammie "codpiece" clearly wasn't sufficient to cover his crown jewels!


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How much deeper would the ocean be if sponges didn't grow in it?



He asked for fish ... and it came C.O.D.

If you want to cater to the taste of those curious Celts, all you have to do is serve them cooked cod and chips, (but heaven forbid, never refer to them as French fries)!

Apparently some 260 million orders of fish and chips are sold annually in Britain (according to the seafood industry group Seafish), making it the U.K.'s top takeaway treat. Cod is the most popular choice, followed by haddock, and a full meal in London costs about £5 ($10).

"Fish and chips" wrapped in paper and sprinkled with malt vinegar - is so central to British culture that it was voted the country's favourite food (and smell) in 2006.

The real question is do posh people eat this piscatorial delight on a plate or in their hands like the rest of the plebes? Only the paparazzi can tell us ...I spy with my little eye Camilla Parker Bowles, The Duchess of Cornwall, eating a "chippie"! And if Liverpool soccer star Steven Gerrard can serve fish n' chips at his glamorous wedding last summer, then for cod's let's have it on our dinner table tonight!

The next question is, will consumers' green guilt over the state of the oceans make the chippie an endangered species? In 1927 there were 35,000 fish-and-chip restaurants in Britain, but fewer than one-third that number exist today.

The price of fish may have shot up recently as traditional fish stocks dwindle, but according to Gordon Hillan, owner of the Townhead Café in Biggar, Scotland, which last month was named fish-and-chip shop of the year, "there will always be fish and chips in this country"!


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It seems that one can sue for the slightest of reasons in the home of the stars and stripes...such as the case of one woman who managed to get a fishbone lodged in her throat while consuming a bowl of fish chowder at a Boston restaurant.

The story seemed to have so moved the Massachusetts Supreme Court that it wrote an opinion devoted more to the joys of New England fish recipes than actual law.

In this case the complaint hinged on an argument as to what extent is food containing a harmful ingredient a defective product when the substance is a natural one as opposed to a foreign one. The Massachusettes Supreme Court in 1964 found that there was no liability associated with harm-causing natural substances (such as bones as opposed to foreign objects such as pins or glass) in food.

It seems that the court waxed fondly about the history of fish dishes, recounted several recipes for the same, and included statements such as "we consider that the joys of life in New England include the ready availability of fresh fish chowder." The court went so far as to note that "[a] namesake of the plaintiff, Daniel Webster, had a recipe for fish chowder which has survived into a number of modern cookbooks and in which the removal of fish bones is not mentioned at all."

The court concluded:

[W]e consider a dish which for many long years, if well made, has been made generally as outlined above. It is not too much to say that a person sitting down in New England to consume a good New England fish chowder embarks on a gustatory adventure which may entail the removal of some fish bones from his bowl as he proceeds. We are not inclined to tamper with age old recipes by any amendment reflecting the plaintiff's view of the effect of the Uniform Commercial Code upon them.


Source: - Webster v. Blue Ship Tea Room, Inc. 198 N.E.2d 309 (Mass. 1964).



Here's a marvellous selection of clever cod quotations for those who haven't had enough fish for one day!

"Thou can'st not serve both cod and salmon." (A horrible pun from the "Holy Cow Book of SEASonal Scriptures")

"You starveling, you eel-skin, you dried neat's tongue, you bull's pizzle, you stock-fish!"

--William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 244-5. Getting his own back by insulting Hal; "neat's tongue" means ox tongue; "stock-fish" was dried cod.

"I'd expect to be robbed in Chicago

But not in the land of the cod,

So I hope that the Cabots and Lowells

Will mention the matter to God."

-- Ogden Nash (1902-1971): David Frost and Michael Shea in "The Mid-Atlantic Companion" (1986).

"And this is good old Boston,

The home of the bean and the cod,

Where the Lowells talk to the Cabots

And the Cabots talk only to God."

-- John Collins Bossidy (1860-1928): verse spoken at Holy Cross College alumni dinner in Boston, Massachusetts, 1910.

"The photographer is like the cod which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity." -- George Bernard Shaw (1956-1950): introduction to the catalogue for Alvin Langdon Coburn's exhibition at the Royal Photographic Society, 1906.

"This piece of cod passeth all understanding." -- Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944): Robert Lutyens, "Sir Edwin Lutyens" (1942).

"Newfoundland and Labrador are not richly blessed with agricultural land. The usual sources of sugar for fermentation - grapes, barley, sugar cane, or even potatoes - do not grow readily or in large quantities on the shores of Dildo Bay or in the rocky soils of Cape Chidley. Newfoundland and Labrador's traditional wealth, the mighty Cod, does not lend itself to fermentation. The resourceful fisher folk were forced to trade, and trade they did. Each year, ships loaded to the gunwales with salt cod would sail south for the port of Kingston, Jamaica, where the plentiful and inexpensive preserved fish was in great demand in the days before refrigeration. In return for their cod, the northern ships were loaded with casks of new distilled rum which would brighten the dark winter days in the outports. It was said that the long journey north in the rocking holds gave a unique character to the spirits in the casks, a character which, in modern times, the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corp tries desperately to maintain through the judicious blending of Jamaican Damara rums and Newfoundland attitude. This care was rewarded in 2003 at the 14th annual International Rum Festival: Newfoundland Screech." -- anhaga, a contributor to the BBC's online source of ilnformation for all things great and small in the universe, "H2G2 - The Guide Don't Panic".

If these fail to impress you, try these pathetic piscatorial puns!

"Cod that was horrible!" (what one says after an unhappy fishing expedition, or finding oneself up the creek without a paddle)

"Cod I'm a sucker for a good fish pun!" (spoken by one who has not yet learned the subtle art of fishing for compliments but doesn't mind falling for fishy things hook, line and sinker)

"Oh My Cod! Don't believe anyone who says all goldfish look the same!" (spoken by one who does not believe in fishy wives tales)

Good Cod Alive, what's next?" (spoken by one who does not believe in mackerel miracles)

"Let's have more humor, cod knows we need it! (uttered by one who knows the difference between a fishbone and a funnybone thank cod)

"Eel join this conversation purely because your faith is in the wrong Cod, lord save your Soles" (contributed by "The Dark Lord Chuckles The Silly Piggy")

"Cod, this discussion is giving me a haddock!' (spoken by a frustrated fish out of water, better known as a Paxil-challenged Pisces Professor of Piffle and author of "Reel Ideas for Practical Parenting in a Fractally Demented Universe")



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To most modest mortals, "COD" is a fish.

But to astronauts, business blokes, and other sundry souls, "COD" has an entirely different meaning, (particularly if it's an abbreviation for something beginning with the letters "C", "O", and "D").

-- COD - ICAO Airline Designator for Concordavia Limited, Ukraine

-- 1,5-CycloOctaDiene - A scientific chemical term

-- Call Of Duty - A governmental or military term

-- Canadian Oxford Dictionary - Canadian language reference book

-- Cancellation of Debt - Business term

-- Capacity On Demand - Scientific term

-- Carrier Onboard Delivery - Government/transportation term

-- Cash/Collect on Delivery - Business term

-- Cause of Death - Medical term

-- Catastropic Optical Damage - Failure mode of diode lasers

-- Central Order Desk - Business term

-- Certificate of Death - Medical term

-- Certificate of Deposit - Banking term

-- Change Of Direction - US government term

-- Chemical Oxygen Demand - Chemical/scientific term

-- City Of Dreams - Community vision/term

-- Class of Device - Digital wireless term (e.g. Bluetooth)

-- Click of Death - Symptom of a manufacturing defect in Lomega computer Zip drives

-- Cloak of Darkness - Name of Gaming Clan

-- Close Order Drill - Military (marching) term

-- Coffee of the Day - Will that be Americano, Expresso, Mocha Java, Cappucinno, Latte, or a "Double Double"?

-- Co-Occuring Disorders - Medical term

-- Cockpit Only Deorbit - National Aeronautic & Space Administration term

-- Color of the Day - Slang for Caucasian

-- Completion of Discharge - Shipping/Transportation term

-- Concise Oxford Dictionary - Official British language resource

-- Cooperative Opportunities Document - Government term

-- Correction of Deficiency - Engineering term

-- Condition On Discharge - Medical term

-- Consumed Oxygen Demand - Medical term

-- Crash On Demand - Computer terminology

-- Credit On Deposit - Academic and scientific term

-- Customer Order Display - Computer software term

But "COD" also has a myriad of meanings in the world of the arts. It's the name of a 1983 comic film, not to mention the abbreviation for "Circle of Dust", by Industrial Metal Band.

And speaking of "C.O.D.", it's the name of a song by Australian Hard Rock band AC/DC, a song by sung by Mark Mulcahy, and yet another lyric with the same name by Delbert McClinton, performed as Delbert & Glen on their self-titled debut album (1972).

"C.O.D." also stands for "City of Delusion", a song by Muse on their album "Black Holes and Revelations". "C.O.D.(Cash on Delivery)", is also the name of a Ray Cash album, while "C.O.D." is the name of an album by Saint Vitus.

I prefer to think Cod is not dead, just drunk.

I prefer to think Cod is not dead, just drunk.
I prefer to think Cod is not dead, just drunk.


If you're looking for a new cell phone, you might want to try a Nokia handset, as apparenty they an survive a trip out to sea in the belly of a fish.

This supposedly happened last week when a man in England lost his phone to the ocean but received a call about a week later from a fisherman who found the phone inside the belly of a cod.

"I didn't believe him but went to meet him and found it was my phone," said Andrew Cheatle. "A bit smelly and battered--but, incredibly it still worked after I let it dry out." (Source: The Sun, U.K.)


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Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak!

-- Jay Leno --


"Codswallop" is one of those wonderful words that is part of our vanishing vocabulary.

Equivalent to "Balderdash", "Rubbish" and "Piffle", "Codswallop" is a rather colorful expression meaning delightful drivel, terrific trash, or not-your-average nonsense.

The first etymology claims that the word is derived from "cods", an Anglo-Saxon term meaning testicles, and when combined with another word of Anglo-Saxon origin, "wallop", meaning to scold or chastise.

Americans, not wanting to adopt British terms holus-bolus as it were, decided to drop "codswallop" preferring instead the more bellicose term, "ball-busting".

It is also said that the word "codswallop" may well have its origin in the 19th century British brewing industry. Apparently one Hiram Codd designed and patented a bottle designed specifically for carbonated beverages. Though his Codd-neck bottle was a success in the fizzy water industry, imbibers disparaged Codd's invention by saying that it was only good for "wallop", (a slang term for beer in the late-19th century). The term soon became "Codd's Wallop", synonymous with anything of low-quality or utter rubbish.

Of course, "Codswallop" and Flapdoodle", may have something more in common with aliens, Mars and conspiracy theories than say the price of the tea in China, (particularly if they are the subject of conversation between two friends who haven't got a clue what they talking about and have have spent far too much time in the pub for their own good).


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Thank Cod he got out of the the bowl alive!


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"Cod Liver Oil" is a song about a traditional medicinal drink for a lot of Newfoundlanders.

Cod liver oil, rather revolting in taste, was originally prepared by curing the fish oil in the sun and then served from a bottle usually in the morning with breakfast.

The song was written by Johnny Burke (1851-1930), an Irish balladeer from St. John's, Newfoundland. It has been recorded by American folksinger Burl Ives, Oscar Brand, Val Doonican, Alan Mills, the Irish band "The Dubliners" and by Newfoundland folk rock band "Great Big Sea".

Lyrics to Cod Liver Oil

I'm a young married man that is tired of life

Ten years I've been wed to a miserable wife

She does nothing all day but sit down and cry

And prays up to Heaven that soon she will die


Doctor, o doctor, o dear Doctor John

Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong

I'm afraid of me life, I'll go down in the soil

If me wife keeps on drinking your cod liver oil

Well a friend of my own came to see me one day

He told my darlin' was pining away

He afterwards told me that she would get strong

If only I'd get a bottle from dear Doctor John


It was then that I purchased a bottle to try

The way that she drank it you'd think she would die

I bought her another it vanished the same

O me wife she's got cod liver oil on the brain


That me wife loves cod liver there isn't a doubt

And a few thousand gallons has made her quite stout

And now that she's stout it's made her quite strong

And now I'm jealous of dear Doctor John


My house it resembles a medicine shop

It's covered with bottles from bottom to top

But then in the mornin' the kettle do boil

O you're sure it's singin' of cod liver oil



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For those love fishing for compliments on a hot muggy afternoon, just serve a glass of giggle juice at your next pool party.

Better known as a heavenly highball, or "Cape Cod Cocktail", it's easy to make:


1 1/2 oz. Vodka

4 oz. Cranberry Juice

lime wedge for garnish


1. Pour the ingredients into a highball glass with ice cubes.

2. Stir well.

3. Squeeze the lime juice into the drink.

4. Drop the lime wedge into the glass.


A Fish Called Wanda
A Fish Called Wanda

For those who hate fish and fins but have a funnybone that needs tickling.

Fishy Wishes
Fishy Wishes

Fishy Wishes: A bit of wit and wonk, for those who liked "The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy".

The Da Vinci Cod: A Fishy Parody
The Da Vinci Cod: A Fishy Parody

Who wouldn't want to read a piscatorial parody?




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THE CHRISTMAS COD (Design by Andrew Newman for Cape Card)

THE CHRISTMAS COD (Design by Andrew Newman for Cape Card)
THE CHRISTMAS COD (Design by Andrew Newman for Cape Card)

T'was the night before Christmas and Santa - Couldn't hide his fishy fable forever - he wasn't The Son of Cod!


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Newfoundland is home to many strange things including pithy placenames like: "Bareneed", "Pecker's Point", and "Leading Tickles" not to mention some curious concoctions like "Flipper Pie", "Maple Nun's Farts", and "Cod Tongues".

It also sports some strange if not titillating traditions like "'Screeching".

Newcomers visiting the island for the first time are serenaded and often invited to partake of a rather fine a shot of "screech" (a powerful rum-based drink), kiss a codfish on the mouth, and answer the question "Is ye an honourary Newfoundlander?" with the phrase "Deed I is me old trout, and long may your big jib draw." After completing these time-tested tasks in one of the 30 or more pubs and bars found along the George Street entertainment district of downtown St. John's, Newfoundland they receive an official 'Screecher' certificate. (And in case you're wondering, they don't get to keep the cod!)


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"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.

Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.

Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak."

-- Jay Leno (American comedian and talk-show host) --


Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day.

Teach a man to fish and he'll sit in a boat and drink beer all day!

-- Fish 24:7 --

FOR COD'S SAKE SAY HELLO! - If you know the difference between cod-liver oil and codswallop, you're most welcome to leave a nice little greeting behind.

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      7 years ago

      so special~~nice

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      Karen Kay 

      7 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Very cute! Well done! Blessed!

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      Chazz referred me to this lens by their feature and am I ever glad I got to come on over and see it - what a hoot! I love your fishy sense of humor, what a trip. :)

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      7 years ago from New York

      This old codger found this lens to be more fun than a codex of codswallop. Your lens is punny, funny and blessed on the Squid Angel Labor Day bus trip quest.

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      I definitely know the difference. I had to take Cod Liver Oil as a child and it tastes awful.

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      Great page ... We think it's Codtastic! Please stop by and visit our Codmunity. Get to know the Cod's. ,

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      Very clever and funny lens, I love your sense of humor :) Welcome to The Cooks Cafe

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      Welcome to The Very Best Of Squidoo Food Lens.We look forward to more of your lenses in the group and we will post a comment when we feature your lens as lens of the day.

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      Very very funny. Love your work!

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