Monday, June 7, 2010

Bullshit

I was walking my dog, waiting for her to poop, and I thought about the word, “bullshit.” What is the etymology there? How did this phrase ever become associated with deceit or fraud?

As with so many expressions, maybe it has its roots in bartering and agriculture. Perhaps there were people who said they were selling mud, or good fertilizer from animals, or maybe a mixture of hay and mud for their thatched roofs, and they were given a pile of worthless bullshit for their money.

And with a few years of this happening to people, they started referring any situation where they were being ripped off or lied to as, “Hey, you’re giving me a load of bullshit.”

I don’t know. Seems like it might have come about that way.