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By bullshit, I include but not limit it to:

Stuff that is made up for the purpose of placating someone, or passing an exam, or getting elected to office. Most often false or ridiculous.

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False or exaggerated statements made to impress the listener rather than deceive.


In this StackExchange question, "marketing bullshit" was corrected to "marketing-speak" by a moderator who took exception to the profanity. I believe (lets not blame others here!) that the word fills a purpose by being universally understood term and I cant come up with an alternative readily.

What is a non-profane alternative that is as internationally understood and means the same thing as the original?

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Oh, horsefeathers! Type "nonsense" into any on-line thesaurus, and you'll get plenty of non-vulgar alternatives. Voting to close as general reference. –  J.R. Jul 18 '12 at 10:08
    
Just call it "bull" –  Tolerance72 Jul 18 '12 at 13:41
    
In general I'd go with "nonsense". In many cases the appropriate word would be "lies". In your first example -- things you say just to get elected or pass a class -- a proper word is "pandering". Exagerrations a salesman makes are called "puffing". –  Jay Jul 18 '12 at 15:31
    
@Tolerance72. "Bull" is a minced oath, and those annoy me. –  TRiG Aug 10 '12 at 12:17
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closed as general reference by J.R., Barrie England, RegDwigнt Jul 18 '12 at 11:06

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In addition to the xan's suggestions, you could try:-

Balderdash, nonsense.

Tarradiddle, silly or pretentious speech or writing

Codswallop, nonsense or rubbish (a politer word for bullshit, really)

Twaddle, foolish, trivial, or idle talk or chatter

There seems to be an alarming number of synonyms for this meaning, for some reason.

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+1 for Codswallop - not an international word I'd think, but lovely! –  xan Jul 18 '12 at 12:34
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Stuff that is made up for the purpose of placating someone, or passing an exam, or getting elected to office. Most often false or ridiculous.

With my "BRITISH!" hat on, I'd say something like:

Tosh or Poppycock, but probably what you are looking for is simply "Rubbish", as in: "What a load of rubbish!"

False or exaggerated statements made to impress the listener rather than deceive.

Hyperbole

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Yes, I was responding to the second point specifically with that one, the emphasis being on exaggeration. –  xan Jul 18 '12 at 10:33
    
@J.R. Misread your comment :) Deleted mine. Will delete this shortly –  xan Jul 18 '12 at 14:56
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