Just idly re-reading this. It really does strike me as pretty silly (and wrong)!
When does emphasis become gratuitous?
Well I think eight times in a single post is pushing it a bit....
It is a word with academic respectability
There's lots of words that we can use.
Please try to think of another one.
This is my final post on the matter. If you're not happy with my request to tone it down then please follow it up with Stooz or Clariman.
Well the only accurate equivalent I can think of is the somewhat dated 'humbug
'. Along with 'humbuggery
'. Better stick with that then.
From my 1990 edition of The Concise Oxford Dictionary:humbug n. & v.
deceptive or false talk or behaviour. 2
an imposter. 3 Brit
. a hard boiled sweet usu. flavoured with peppermint. —v
) 1 intr
. be or behave like an imposter. 2 tr
. deceive, hoax. □□ humbuggery n
. [18th c.: orig. unkn.]
Still seems to me that the more US centric bullshit
is perfectly appropriate for an American President. Plus, that article I quoted, 'On Bullshit', was by an American academic.