If Americans have learned anything from this last excruciatingly nasty presidential campaign, it is that politicians are experts at spinning, pontificating, speechifying, fancy talk, or whatever they want to call it. But let’s face it, folks, no matter how you sugarcoat it — it’s still bullshit. Of course, in polite society we use the more genteel term “nonsense.” An even better word is jabberwocky, coined by Lewis Carroll in his novel Through the Looking Glass (1871), the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s certainly appropriate. Given the surreal results of the recent presidential election, Americans have fallen down the rabbit hole, and are left scratching their heads, wondering: “how the freak did we get here?” And it seems the only ones interested in answering that question are the very same trumpery-spewing politicians who got us there. The Madhatter might explain it this way: “You can’t bullshit a bullshitter. Let’s face the facts: we are living in the post-Factual world, the Age of Bullshit. No sense in hiding down here because we’re all f——!” Well, if we are going to be slogging through all this political bullshit, we might as well learn about bullshit (or as Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President Trump, called it “alternative facts”) in its many colorful variations. Without any further circumlocution, here is a list of synonyms for bullshit (no bullshit!):
blah blah blah
crock of shit
talking through one’s hat
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For further reading: The Dictionary of Bullshit by Nick Webb (2006)
Bullshit: A Lexicon by Mark Peters (2015)