Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 08:53:40 -0400
From: Gregory {Greg} Downing
Subject: Re: cod fax

At 09:55 AM 5/7/98 -0700, 951208[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] wrote:
>Has anybody there ever come up with a definition for cod fax :
>cod fax When the same editor was exposed forging a letter and a
>signature on stolen writing-paper, the Guardian treated that as a joke
>too. It was not a forgery, it was a cod fax . (The Spectator 7/26/97
>p24) The crime is euphemistically described as a cod fax , a
> stratagem , a ruse and a formula . (98/2 Atlantic Monthly p79)

"Cod" (noun and verb) is a long-standing UK term for a trick or various
other kinds of insincerity; the word appears in Joyce's work from the early
20th century. "Cod fax" would be pretty transparent to someone familiar with
"cod" in the sense of trick. To my knowledge this "cod" is not in vernacular
use in the US, but I could be wrong.

Gregory {Greg} Downing, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]