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Bullshit

Bullshit is also the name of a card game, and a TV show.


Bullshit (often abbreviated BS or shortened to bull in more formal contexts) is a common English expletive meaning "false statements" or, as an interjection, "that statement is nonsense".

Bullshit is commonly employed in situations where truth and accuracy are far less important than the ability to achieve a suitable response in the audience. In many cases, such a response is the gaining of popularity or favour (often needed in politics, religion or advertising).

More mundane examples of bullshit often involve the lives of ordinary people. For example, it is not at all uncommon to hear of somebody "bullshitting" a job interview, or attributing their performance in an examination to their ability to bullshit. In this sense, bullshitting walks the line between extemporaneous speaking and lying outright.

The "bullshitter" generally either knows the statements are false or has no interest in their factual accuracy one way or the other. "Talking bullshit" is thus a lesser form of lying, and is likely to elicit a correspondingly weaker emotional response: whereas an obvious liar may be greeted with outrage or anger, an exponent of bullshit tends to be dismissed with an indifferent sneer.

Sometimes called "Shooting the shit", bullshit can also be the act of having a very casual conversation with little value.

Bullshit is also used in the popular saying "money talks, bullshit walks" meaning that people who do something will get more results than people who merely talk.

The word horseshit is often used in vulgar slang as a synonym for "bullshit" to refer to nonsense. The usage of "horseshit" differs slightly from bullshit. People may refer to their own statements and presentations as "bullshit", as in the traditional folk saying, "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit." "Horseshit" is much less likely in this context. A self-professed "bullshit artist" seeks to gain the favour of his audience by flattery and telling them what they want to hear in highfalutin' tones. "Horseshit" is the dismissive cry of the unimpressed audience.

For example, "Nobody said that there was anything wrong with you expressing your opinion, but it was pointed out that the opinion you choose to hold on the matter is horseshit."

Arguably the best popular use of "horseshit" was in the movie Big Trouble in Little China:

"No horseshit, Wang?"
"No horseshit, Jack."

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