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bullshit

1. noun, rude slang Something utterly untrue or wildly exaggerated. Don't give me that bullshit, Tom. I know you've been taking money from the register. Her entire speech was just a load of bullshit from start to finish.
2. noun, rude slang Ridiculous nonsense. Used to express frustration, exasperation, or disgust. You mean we have to come in on Saturday for work, too? God, what a bunch of bullshit! This is bullshit! The teacher marked me down a whole letter grade just because I used a 14-point font on my essay.
3. verb, rude slang To attempt to fool, mislead, or deceive someone. Don't trust a word those salespeople say. They won't hesitate to bullshit you if they think you might buy one of their cars. I could tell Sarah was bullshitting me, but I just let her keep talking.
4. verb, rude slang To speak in a very foolishly boastful or arrogant manner. He loves to bullshit people with wild stories of his various exploits, dressed up for narrative purposes, of course.
5. verb, rude slang To say something utterly ridiculous or nonsensical. Used to express frustration, exasperation, or disgust. They want us to start working 10-hour days? You've got to be bullshitting me!
6. verb, rude slang To improvise something, especially in a brazenly haphazard or impetuous manner. I forgot all my materials for my presentation, but I managed to bullshit my way through it. You could tell he was just bullshitting his entire speech as he went along.
7. interjection, rude slang Used to express utter disbelief for something someone else has said. A: "So then I woke up in the ICU with no recollection of what had happened!" B: "Bullshit! Sarah saw you that night. None of what you just said ever happened." A: "Oh yeah? Well, I just so happen to know some very powerful people in the film industry." B: "Bullshit. The only person you know is your cousin, and she just works as an electrician."

bullshit artist

rude slang Someone who is apt to lie and embellish. Oh, you can't trust a word that bullshit artist says.
See also: artist, bullshit

cut the bullshit

1. rude slang To stop using deceptive or disingenuous language. Often used as an imperative. Cut the bullshit—I know you're lying to me. Look, can we cut the bullshit and call this what it is? I'm being fired, not "reallocated."
2. rude slang To stop fooling around. Often used as an imperative. We'll never get this room painted unless you guys cut the bullshit and start working!
See also: bullshit, cut

knowledge in, bullshit out

rude A snide phrase referring to a situation or instance in which a person, group, or organization is given reliable information that they proceed to ignore or misunderstand. I swear, it's always knowledge in, bullshit out with these guys. No matter how plainly you demonstrate what they ought to be doing, they never bloody do it! In this line of work, you get used to getting knowledge in, bullshit out from your clients.
See also: bullshit, knowledge, out

money talks and bullshit walks

Money is the most effective means of persuasion and motivation, while empty talk achieves nothing. The phrase was perhaps most famously used by politician Michael "Ozzie" Myers, who was recorded saying it (while accepting a monetary bribe from undercover FBI agents) during the Abscam scandal in 1979. If you want us to help you out, here's some advice—money talks and bullshit walks!
See also: and, bullshit, money, talk, walk

money talks, bullshit walks

Money is the most effective means of persuasion and motivation, while empty talk achieves nothing. The phrase was perhaps most famously used by politician Michael "Ozzie" Myers, who was recorded saying it (while accepting a monetary bribe from undercover FBI agents) during the Abscam scandal in 1979. If you want us to help you out, here's some advice—money talks, bullshit walks!
See also: bullshit, money, walk
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bullshit artist

Also, bull artist. A person who habitually exaggerates, flatters, or talks nonsense. For example, Don't believe a word of it-he's a bullshit artist. Both versions are considered vulgar slang. The first dates from the 1940s, the second from the World War I period.
See also: artist, bullshit
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bullshit

1. n. lies; deception; hype; nonsense. (Also an exclamation: Bullshit! Widely known and used by both sexes. Usually objectionable.) That’s just a lot of bullshit!
2. tv. to deceive someone verbally. (Usually objectionable.) Are you trying to bullshit me?
3. in. to tell lies; to hype and promote. (Usually objectionable.) Can’t you stop bullshitting about how good you are?
4. mod. false; deceptive. (Usually objectionable.) I’m sick of those bullshit ads on TV.

bullshit artist

and bullshitter
n. a person expert at lies, deception, and hype. (see also bullshit. Usually objectionable.) What can you expect from a bullshit artist? The truth? Listen to me. Don’t ever try to bullshit a bullshitter!
See also: artist, bullshit

knowledge in, bullshit out

and KIBO
phr. & comp. abb. a phrase expressing distress over stupidity. (Based on FIFO.) My head is just plain KIBO. I get everything confused. College is supposed to be knowledge in, bullshit out.
See also: bullshit, knowledge, out
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Tellingly, the psychological and ideological investment of work with meaning has coincided with the rise of bullshit jobs.
But in a world where people are increasingly disempowered yet beset on all sides by busyness and over-stimulation, we are driven, perversely, to want bullshit. These jobs provide a kind of relief, writes Jason Smith: 'We no longer feel compelled to act, that is, to be effective.
Our culture has overvalorised work, while simultaneously making it more bullshit, leaving us to do the work that really matters in our ever shorter evenings.
Are bullshit jobs a feature of capitalism, or do they run counter to capitalism?
The notion of bullshit jobs complicates a narrow idea of labour as purely productive (as in some variants of Marxism), just as it undermines the assumptions of neoclassical economics concerning market efficiency, scarcity and necessity, and supply and demand.
(10) Bullshit jobs reveal that the modern economy doesn't obey simple hydraulic economic principles.
On these terms, do bullshit jobs even create surplus value, let alone useful stuff?
(13) If the phenomenon of bullshit jobs illustrates the contradictions of capitalism, however, their proliferation is not necessarily a 'useful' crisis: the contradictions they embody will not automatically precipitate a major reaction.
(14) The infinite time wasting addictiveness of the internet is what fills the time of those who sit for much of the day working at their bullshit jobs, meandering from one fruitless website to the next.
The fact that bullshit affects both white-collar and blue-collar jobs offers an opportunity for an alliance.
If the critique of bullshit jobs has the potential to open up a split on the right between those who are wedded to neoliberalism and those who are wedded to genuine market efficiency, it also exposes a split on the left between those who are demanding more work and those who want to rethink work from scratch.
And are we also attracted to our job, even or especially if it is a bullshit job, because we are frightened of pleasure?
(1.) David Graeber, 'On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs', Strike!
All these users and creators of the "cozy no-think of simple bullshit" are dumbing and wearing us down to the point where we no longer see the distinction between BS about dish soap and lies about WMD.
These days, to paraphrase a noted purveyor of sugar water, bullshit has become the real thing.