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Tuesday 21st October 2014
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Why is a codpiece so called?

Question

Why is a codpiece called a codpiece?
Matt, Richmond

Answer

Why is a cod-piece called a cod-piece?
Name: Ian, Paddington
Qualification: I had an odd history teacher who told us this.
Answer: Cod means ‘scrotum’ in Middle English language. That’s why it’s called a codpiece. More generally, it was also used to mean ‘bag’.