a ludicrously untrue statement
- to chat through ones hat
- speak insincerely or without regard for facts or facts
- obscene words for unacceptable behavior
"eloquent and insincere rhetoric," 1915, United states English slang; see bull (n.1) + shit (n.), probably as it smells. But bull in the feeling of "trivial or untrue statements" (1914), which generally is of this, might-be a continuation of center English bull "false talk, fraud" (see bull (n.3)).
- by 1942, from bullshit (letter.). Relevant: Bullshitted; bullshitting.
On Bullshit [Harry G. Frankfurt]
- bullshit [vulg.]
- Bullshit [Am.] [Cheat] [card game]
It's a bullshit law, he said defensively.