[Ads-l] Letter to editor of NYT

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 13 17:20:56 UTC 2015

Re the impending loss of the man characterized by Seth MacFarlane' as "our
most important Jew":

"... stop this post-mortem-like _bourgeois_ ..."

Is this the word that otherwise occurs in the eye-phonetic spelling,

OED's, preferring the spelling, "bushwa": early 20th century: from French
_bourgeois_, now used as a euphemism for _bullshit_.

Wiktionary: Apparently from French _bouchois_, derived from _bouche_
(“mouth”), + _-ois_ (“-ese”) (cf. _chinois_ (“Chinese”)), literally
"mouth-ese", jabbering.




FWIW, I like the OED's' etymology, given that it conforms to mine own
intuition, though I prefer the Wiktionary's spelling and definition. I know
this term only from literature too genteel for me to think cover for the
coarse "bullshit." But...

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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