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I was wondering what are the polite and neutral versions of "cut the bullshit"? Suppose one calls his mobile customer service for signal problem, but the representative endlessly tries to promote irrelevant products.

I seem to remember there is some word other than bullshit to be used with cut, which is more neutral, but I cannot recall it.

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Some answers here may help. –  Callithumpian Jun 9 '11 at 21:09
    
"Talk as you eat." –  kiamlaluno Jun 10 '11 at 0:08
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@kiamlaluno: What do you mean? –  Tim Jun 10 '11 at 0:15
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Cut to the chase.

Cut (or get or return) to the point (neutral if preceded by "let's" or "we should" instead of "you").

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+1 Cut to the chase. I was just looking up the link. But "get to the point" is impatiently rude, and "cut the crap" is offensive. I'd take those out if I were you. –  KitFox Jun 9 '11 at 20:50
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@Kit, agree on the last. I've seen "cut to the point" be neutral when it's collaborative, as in "we should..." or "let's...". Edited. –  Monica Cellio Jun 9 '11 at 21:58
    
I see your point about "cut to the point." You're right, if you say "let's cut to the point," that probably would not be interpreted as rude. –  KitFox Jun 10 '11 at 0:40
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Are you referring to

cut the crap

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Thanks! Nice one. Is it offensive? Hope it is not. –  Tim Jun 9 '11 at 20:49
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Cut the crap is pretty offensive. –  KitFox Jun 9 '11 at 20:50
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I would actually consider "cut the crap" as somewhat more offensive/insulting than "cut the bullshit." "Bullshit" (often shortened to BS) has become a relatively neutral term for the red tape/trivia/meaningless routine we all have to deal with every day, so "cut the BS" has a sense of "You and I are both adults; we can take all of that as read, and get down to business." "Cut the crap", however, has more of a flavor of "You are lying to me or being intentionally obstructive" - it feels more personal, in other words. –  MT_Head Jun 9 '11 at 21:54
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Then it would have been better posted as a comment than an answer, I guess. –  Alenanno Jun 9 '11 at 22:32
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@Mitch - I also am a native USAite, and I agree: as a word, "crap" is less offensive than "shit." But as a concept, "bullshit" (although it's obviously a type of "shit") has come to be far less offensive than either. –  MT_Head Jun 9 '11 at 23:32
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That's very interesting. Now, I was hoping you could help me with [repeat request].

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Cut to the chase...

Let's try to focus on "x"...

Let's get to the heart of the matter...

Coming back to the point...

We're off topic, let's refocus...

Let's not fool around...

...and the 'not so polite and not very neutral' version from my years as a craps supervisor in a casino, "Cut the f-ing bullshit already, because if you try to pile it any deeper we're all going to f-ing drown."

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A slightly more polite and a lot less vulgar phrase is, let's get to it (the point).

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