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    Cod Romance

    Hello,

    I have a question related to this paragraph. I can't seem to figure out what's a "cod romance". Could someone please explain?

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    The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw labelled Hirschbiegel's film "an excruciatingly well-intentioned, reverential and sentimental biopic about her troubled final years, laced with bizarre cardboard dialogue", while the Observer's Mark Kermode called it "a film which has neither backbone nor teeth, swerving drearily between hagiography ('I just want to help people!') and hapless cod romance, interspersed with hokey landmine photo-ops and scenic cultural detours through Lahore".



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    Re: Cod Romance

    The romance is portrayed in an unconvincing, embarrassing way.

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    Re: Cod Romance

    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia Garett View Post
    Hello,

    I have a question related to this paragraph. I can't seem to figure out what's a "cod romance". Could someone please explain?

    Thank you.

    The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw labelled Hirschbiegel's film "an excruciatingly well-intentioned, reverential and sentimental biopic about her troubled final years, laced with bizarre cardboard dialogue", while the Observer's Mark Kermode called it "a film which has neither backbone nor teeth, swerving drearily between hagiography ('I just want to help people!') and hapless cod romance, interspersed with hokey landmine photo-ops and scenic cultural detours through Lahore".


    "Cod" in that context means false, counterfeit, bogus.

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    Re: Cod Romance

    Glad you were here to explain that. I had no idea!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Cod Romance

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    Glad you were here to explain that. I had no idea!
    Scroll down to the 9th entry: Cod - definition of Cod by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: Cod Romance

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    It's more common in Irish English than in BrE.

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    It was quite popular a few years ago, but I haven't heard it much in BrE recently.

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    Re: Cod Romance

    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia Garett View Post

    I have a question related to this paragraph. I can't seem to figure out what's what a "cod romance" is. Could someone please explain?

    Note my correction to the word order of your second sentence. You were not asking a direct question so "what's a cod romance" was incorrect.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Cod Romance

    Yes, but there are all sorts of definitions in the dictionary that a person might never hear used in real life.

    I have NEVER heard it used that way. A cod is a fish. If you hadn't been here to answer it, I would have assumed someone made a typo - which is often a more likely case than an esoteric meaning found in a dictionary.

    That's why having speakers from such a wide geography is so useful. Common in one place, unused in another.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Cod Romance

    As in, a codpiece?

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