Why is the expression, "BS" considered to be acceptable English usage?

  1. Larry Fields profile image78
    Larry Fieldsposted 2 years ago

    Why is the expression, "BS" considered to be acceptable English usage?

    Everyone knows what it means. And no, we're not talking about a Bachelor of Science degree. And while we're on the subject, how did "fubar" manage to fly under the radar of our Language Police? Does creating an acronym somehow sanitize a crude expression? Enquiring minds want to know. And that's no bull.

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  2. chef-de-jour profile image95
    chef-de-jourposted 2 years ago

    Sometimes verbal shorthand allows use of otherwise foul language as you rightly point out. It's becoming more acceptable I think over time, what with social media now rampant and text lingo being to the fore of many younger minds I can't see it stopping.
    I don't mind the occasional BS or Sweet F.A. depending on the situation at hand but too much does get my goat eventually.
    As to the reasons - well, I guess language is always evolving and adapting and that I do find a wonderful thing. English is big enough to take whatever is thrown at it and come back as healthy as ever, despite the dumb-downs and acronyms and what have you.

 
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