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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column gurgling as it tries to keep its head above water.Like, WOW! What IS it with all this rain! We’re about as wet as an angry hen – and getting some mixed vibes about it. We love the rain, and (dare we say it …) we need the moisture, but WOW! This is a lot of water!And have you seen Lake Dillon? You can’t park your car near the water’s edge and go out for even a half-day on the reservoir without returning to shore and realize you’re docking on the roof of your vehicle.Have we said WOW! yet?***Speaking of wedding bells, congratulations are due to former A&E writer extraordinaire Andy “Stone Cold” Stonehouse and Lisa de Graf who done got hitched Friday!Wow. Who’d a thunk it. Certainly not us. But actual parental units flew in from all over the place to witness this union, and then the two ran off to Vegas to win their fame and fortune.Congrats! Good luck! Behave!***You know it’s a good day when there are calves on the highway. We’re not talking leg-calves, but moo-calves! We’re sitting here hanging on every word of the officer speaking on the police scanner and have learned that a little moo-let is running amok on Highway 9. Like elk, deer, horses, moose and other oversized animals, this is not a critter you want to hit with your car.But the officer is playing cowboy and rounding up the little guy and herding him back to mama. Or is that moo-moo?***Our weird word of the day is “codswallop.”This mainly British colloquial expression is recorded only from the 1960s but is certainly older. Its origin is uncertain. Some argue it might be from “cods,” an old term for a sensitive male body part that derives from the Anglo-Saxon sense of cod, a bag. It is also suggested that “wallop” might be connected with the dialect term meaning to chatter or scold, and not with the word meaning a heavy blow.One explanation has it that it refers to the late Hiram Codd, who was born in Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk in 1838. (Summit Up Note: Bury St. Edmunds. What a cool place to be born! Or die!)He spent his life working in the soft drinks business. In the 1870s, he designed and patented a method of sealing a glass bottle by means of a ball in its neck, which the pressure of the gas in the fizzy drink forced against a rubber washer.Making the bottle was a technical challenge, since the ball necessarily had to be larger than the diameter of the neck. In 1876 he teamed up with a Yorkshire glass blower named Ben Rylands.A person opened the bottles by pushing the ball into the neck, and openers in the shape of short, thin cylinders were supplied for the purpose. One unexpected problem was that children smashed the bottles to use the glass balls as marbles.The suggestion is that drinkers who preferred their tipple to have alcohol in it were dismissive of Mr. Codd’s soft drinks. As beer was often called “wallop,” and they referred sneeringly to the fizzy drink as “Codd’s wallop.” The resulting word later spread its meaning to refer to anything considered to be rubbish.Codswallop. We like it.***We out codswalloping in the rain.


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