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.
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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