Bizarro word play

Today’s Bizarro:

canoe and canoodle

They have, apparently, nothing to do with one another (though you can, of course, canoodle in a canoe,

On canoodle, from NOAD2:

verb [no obj.] informal    kiss and cuddle amorously: she was caught canoodling with her boyfriend. ORIGIN mid 19th cent. (originally US): of unknown origin.

2 Responses to “Bizarro word play”

  1. Bob Richmond Says:

    King David Kalākaua (1836-1891), Merrie Monarch of Hawai’i, was famously caught canoodling when he was supposed to be canoeing.

  2. arnold zwicky Says:

    Jan Freeman took up the canoecanoodle connection (or, rather, lack of it) in a blog posting of 10/4/12, “Can Boston Claim Canoodling?”, here:

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