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BS and Balderdash

Updated on January 2, 2013

Welcome to the Land of Bull & Bunkum (also known as Balderdash & Piffle)

Today our world is awash in all manner of dazzling detritus masquerading as breathtaking balderdash and bedazzling bafflegab.

This lens is meant to assist those who wish to navigate the increasingly globalized glut of empty words signifying nothing.

Frankly, this light-hearted lens fills a nice niche for those who are interested in finding a substitute for BS, balderdash or piffle!

Thank goodness that the English language is chock full of wonderfully wicked or weighty words that mean squat in the great scheme of things.


And BS or Bunk won't do, you need to increase your vocabulary.

You know you've entered a "BS Free Zone" when you see this sign.

Fret not, there are plenty of other fine words to use in the English language which deserve to see the light of day.

There are at least 50 other words to say "BS and Balderdash". So, have some fun and pick one that feels right for the occasion:

A: absurdity, argot

B: babble, badinage, bafflegab, bagatelle, baloney, banter, blah blah blah, bologna, bananas, bilge, bilgewater, blague, blarney, blather, bombast, bosh, bull, bullshit, bumpf, buncome, bunk, bunkum, bureaucratese

C: cant, chatter, claptrap, codswallop, crackpot, crap, crapola, craziness, crock, crud

D: detritus, double-talk, drivel, drool, droppings, dross

F: fatuity, flimflam, flummery, folderol, folly, foolishness, foolish talk, froth, frothy discourse, fudge

G: gabble, gammon, garbage, garble, gasconade, gibble-gabble, gibberish, gobbledygook, guff

H: hocus-pocus, hodgepodge, hogwash, hooey, hokum, hornswoggle, hot air, horseshit, humbug

I: imbecile, inanity, inwit

J: jabber, jabberwocky, jargon, jobberknowl

L: leavings, loppings

M: malarkey, mawkishness, mish-mash, moonshine, mumbo-jumbo

N: nonsense

O: offal

P: palaver, patter, persiflage, piffle, pomposity, poppycock, prate, prating, prattle, pretense

R: raillery, rant, ridiculousness, riffraff, rigmarole, rodomontade, rot, rubbish, rubble

S: senseless gabble, scoria, scribble, shit, shite, silly, slag, slash, slaver, slobber, small talk, stupid, snake oil, soft soap, stultiloquence, sweepings, swill

T: tarradiddle, tomfoolery, tommyrot, tosh, trash, trifle, tripe, trumpery, twaddle, twattle

V: vacuous verbiage

W: weasel-words and wish-wash.


Considering the fact that bafflegab, bilgewater and other forms of bs have so little value placed upon them, it's a wonder that they take up so much space on the Internet.

A glimpse on "Google" reveals the importance of words beginning with "B" in the English language:

BS -- 144 million pages

Bull -- 99 million pages

Bullshit -- 19.5 million pages

Blague -- 6.7 million pages

Babble -- 5.5 million pages

Bosh -- 5.4 million pages

Bilge -- 4.6 million pages

Blather -- 2.8 million pages

Baloney -- 1.8 million pages

Bombast -- 1.1 million pages

Balderdash -- 859,000 pages

Bunkum -- 292,000 pages

Bilgewater -- 58,400 pages

Bafflegab -- 52,300 pages

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.

Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living,

It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.

Which is what I do,

And that enables you to laugh at life's realities."

-- Dr. Seuss --


Poppycock is such a delightful yet seldom used word in everyday conversation.

Actually senseless soliliquizing (or talking to oneself in a mumble-jumble manner), might be more entertaining and a great boon to stress reduction than having to listen to breathtakingly boring business folk impress us with their latest bafflegab and buzzwords.

So for those who have a passion for poppycock (be it the expletive variety, or potpourri for the palate, there's something for everyone.

And should you every want to fling a fun-word around like "poppycock" in a foreign land, try these on for size:

Denmark (Danish) - Sludder og vrol

Netherlands (Dutch) - Onzin

France (French) -- Sornettes, Balivernes

Germany (German - slang) - Mumpitz

Italy (Italian) - Stupidaggini, Cazzate

Portugal (Portugese) - Papo furado

Spain (Spanish) - Tonterias

Sweden (Swedish) - Struntprat

The World Needs More Unusual People - Who Know Strange, Unusual and Completely Nonsensical Things


Image Credit: Vimrod cartoon created by Ralph Lazar and Lisa Swerling

From the Land of Bull and Bunkum

Musings on Manure

The word "shit" is a very old word indeed. In days gone by, shite and schiten were more commonly used to express the regular routine of relieving oneself in nature, the throne room, or the tinkle pantry.

Shit truly is a remarkably colorful if not versatile word that rolls off the tongue easily.

While the priggish pendantics behind Webster's Dictionary have suggested that it is a vulgar expression not to be used in polite company, it seems to have found its way into the everyday vernacular since it occupies an important place as the least misunderstood word in the English language.

Thanks to Kathleeen Mayer's handy pocket edition of How To Shit In The Woods - An Environmentally Sound Approach To A Lost Art, we now have a great big glossary of shit-inspired expression, (a sample of which appears below).

big shit - someone with an overinflated sense of self-importance

bullshit 1. lies; nonsense. 2. trash; useless junk. 3. name of a group word game. 4. an interjectin of fierce disagreement.

chickshit 1. a coward. 2. petty behavior. adj. cowardly

crock of shit - something false or deceptive

deep shit - big trouble; also stated "knee deep in shit"

dipshit - idiot; nerd.

doesn't know shit from Shinola - can't tell the difference between excrement and brown shoe polish.

dumbshit - a pathetic incompetent

get your shit together 1. undergo great personal growth; to become organized or focused. 2. admonition to hurry up.

Holy Shit! - exclamation of surprise, discovery, relaization, or fear

horseshit - 1. lies, double-talk. 2. interjection of vehement disagreement.

hot shit - a class act; a popular item; freuqently used sarcastically.

know your shit - to be an expert in your field.

little shit 1. a person of small sature. 2. petty annoyance. 3. term of enderament for someone who is looked upon admiringly as a sweet rascal.

No shit! 1. exclamation ranging from high excitment to surprise; often similar to Really?; used sarcastically in response to something already known. 2. exclamation of agreement.

shit bricks 1. to worry. 2. to be terrified

shit-fit - tizzy

up shit creek - in a bad situation

And for those who think detritus is "de trop debris" or simply "dead as a doornail", think again. Here's a lovely little gem called "Peter's Useful Crap"!


Divas and Dowagers share a lot in common.

They both know that they can dish out the dirt any way they please. And, that if a man misbehaves, he knows where he'll be spending the the damn dog house!

These dazzling dames also know that if you mate a Bulldog with a Shitzu, you certainly don't get a powerful piddler!




Okay, smarty-pants, let's see if you know the answer to this one!

What is a lully trigger?

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"It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought."

-- John Kenneth Galbraith --




Balderdash & Piffle: One Sandwich Short of a Dog's Dinner
Balderdash & Piffle: One Sandwich Short of a Dog's Dinner

What's not to like about wit and wonk to be found in the English language?

Kick the Bucket and Swing the Cat
Kick the Bucket and Swing the Cat

A terrific tome for the tinkle pantry or throne room!

Balderdash Game
Balderdash Game

For those who need something more engaging than running in the rat race.

The Game of Scattergories
The Game of Scattergories

The mirth-challenged and mind-boggled folks will get a hoot out of this gregarious if not giggle-oriented game.


BODACIOUS BAFFLEGAB APPRECIATED - Feel free to leave some funny feedback!

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      10 years ago

      This is definitely my kind of place. It's good to be Queen. Brava!

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      10 years ago

      Love it, love it, love it! Thanks for making me laugh and pass it on. 5*s

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      Kerri Bee 

      11 years ago from Upstate, NY

      The shit's gonna hit the fan on this one.

      Thanks for joining the Squidoo Bathroom!

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      12 years ago

      Greetings, Quipping Queen:

      In doing some ego-googling I came across your site and saw you had linked to my site with this description:

      "A snappy, snarky, spoofy goddess of giggles." I like this so much, I may put it on my business card! Thanks for the link.


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      12 years ago

      Haven't laughed so much in ages. Thanks Your Majesty.


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