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.
by Alam Miah 34 hours ago
Hi Hubbers,I'd like some help with passing the Quality Assessment Process. Will you please give feedback on my article? What can I do to improve? Thanks!Here is my article: The Importance and the Usage of English Language (must be signed in to view)
by RKHenry 6 years ago
WTF..., why is this acceptable language to use here even though Google AdSense policy says no?Why is certain acronyms like WTF, appropriate for children and not filtered out of posts, like actual cuss would be?
by Eugene Brennan 19 months ago
Why is There No Plural of "You" in the English Language?
by Mom Kat 5 years ago
Holy cow! I've been hub hopping and looking through a few freshly written hubs today and I am blown away by the low quality!The thought hadn't even crossed my mind before now to add "flagging" to my list of things to do while hanging out at HP as part of my daily ritual. I'm...
by rotl 8 years ago
Why can't some people respect others' political views, choices, lifestyles, religion, etc?Is it intelligence or lack thereof, socialization, upbringing, personality, environment, education or lack thereof, religious teachings, politics, misinformation, propaganda, bad experiences, the economy, or...
by Catherine Giordano 4 years ago
Do you have a pet peeve about words commonly misused or commonly made grammatically mistakes? Or perhaps you have a question--something you are not quite sure about concerning word usage or grammar. Please let me know and I may address it in my "The Naughty Grammarian" series....
Copyright © 2019 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|