What bullshit is my mom talking?
January 21, 2014 3:44 PM   Subscribe

I was talking to my mom last night and at one point in the conversation, she wanted to call something bullshit, but she is extremely opposed to swearing, so she used a euphemism instead. It was so funny that my partner and I both burst out laughing when she said it, but neither of us can remember it now. Help me identify it!

What I do remember about the phrase:

-It absolutely was a compound noun with the abbreviation BS; she didn't use a euphemism like "bullpucky" or "horsefeathers".

-It was absolutely as church-lady and G-rated as "horsefeathers". She regularly uses phrases like "H-E-double-hockey-sticks" and "fiddlesticks".

-I think the B word in the compound noun was an animal, perhaps even bull, but I'm not 100%.

-I'm not sure if she used an existing euphemism, or just made it up on the fly.

(I know I could just ask her, but I'm not sure she would remember, and I don't want her to think I'm making fun of her. Which I'm not! I think my Mary Poppins-mouthed mom is adorable.)
posted by Neely O'Hara to Grab Bag (26 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
posted by Elsa at 3:50 PM on January 21 [1 favorite]

Bull socks!
posted by clone boulevard at 3:52 PM on January 21

Ooh, I hope Elsa is right and it's "bugspit"!

But. My grandmother used to say 'bullshark' - I've never heard anyone else use it, but maybe?
posted by dotgirl at 3:52 PM on January 21 [1 favorite]

I'm pretty sure I've heard bull-stink before.

Possibly bull sweat, too.

And I've definitely heard bugspit, too, like Elsa says.
posted by ernielundquist at 3:53 PM on January 21

Bull ess-hit.
posted by steinsaltz at 3:58 PM on January 21

posted by elmer benson at 4:09 PM on January 21

posted by hydrophonic at 4:10 PM on January 21

bull squirt?
posted by CKmtl at 4:29 PM on January 21

Oh, maybe bushwa? It's not really a compound B S word, but it sounds like it could be one. My dad used that one a lot.

I can think of a lot of others that aren't B S words, too (balderdash, malarky, arkymalarky, etc.), so if you're not positive about that part, I'll be happy to try to list as many related Dad swears I can remember. I do enjoy writing lists of swears.
posted by ernielundquist at 4:32 PM on January 21 [1 favorite]

Penn Jillette, who had a show named "Bullshit" on Showtime, used to call the show "Bulls Hit" while on radio.
posted by applesurf at 4:35 PM on January 21 [1 favorite]

Baloney sandwich? (Heard that one at Christian camp as a kid.)
posted by snowmentality at 4:37 PM on January 21 [3 favorites]

Bull shorts?
posted by bleep at 4:37 PM on January 21

posted by zepheria at 5:10 PM on January 21

posted by rubster at 5:13 PM on January 21

posted by sparklemotion at 5:24 PM on January 21

Bucket of Spit? or Buckitaspit!
posted by Gerard Sorme at 5:24 PM on January 21

Bravo Sierra?
posted by SillyShepherd at 6:38 PM on January 21

Beaver spit
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 7:08 PM on January 21

Anything from this list ring a bell?

Another found while googling:
Bull monkey
posted by MsMolly at 7:35 PM on January 21

[Hey folks, a few answers deleted; OP says the initials must be "B. S."]
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:55 PM on January 21

As a child I had wonderful, very British grandparents.
In such situations my Grandad would say either "Bullroar!" (not BS, i know)
or "Bullsuace!"
posted by Soap D. Spencer at 10:57 PM on January 21

posted by vegartanipla at 5:38 AM on January 22

posted by h00py at 6:10 AM on January 22

Bob Smith
Bull Sauce
posted by Thorzdad at 6:12 AM on January 22

Bull Spit
posted by WeekendJen at 11:10 AM on January 22

It isn't a compound noun, but a grade school teacher of mine used "buffalo shoes" as a euphemism. I always liked that one.
posted by maximum sensing at 12:00 PM on January 22

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