For example, I've heard nonsenses, but I've never heard bullshits.

Why one is plural and the other is singular? They mean the same thing.

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    Bullshits is nonsense Mar 26 '13 at 13:53
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    Nonsense is a singular non-count noun. It isn't used in plural form. If you heard it, it was a mistake. If there's a contrived context in which it can be used in plural form, it's strictly an outlier & can be summarily dismissed as an inconsequential freak.
    – user21497
    Mar 26 '13 at 14:27
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    @BillFranke Um, are there any non-singular "non-count" nouns?
    – tchrist
    Mar 26 '13 at 14:32
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    @Raghav: Bullshit! I'll stand with the Macmillan Dictionary online. I said right here in this forum a month or two or three ago that I didn't trust Wiktionary. My grandmother used to repeat that old cliche "Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you read". I will add to that another cliche: Don't believe everything you see on the Internet.
    – user21497
    Mar 26 '13 at 14:38
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    @tchrist: 'troops' - a single infantryman is never referred to as 'a troop'.
    – Mitch
    Mar 26 '13 at 20:15

From the perspective of a plural of bullshit

It is so because bullshit is considered to be uncountable. [reference link]

But also consider this that there exists a word bullshits:

Bullshits >> Third-person singular simple present indicative form of bullshit. [reference link]

As far as nonsense is considered, it is usually uncountable [reference link] and the plural for it is nonsenses[reference link].

Read this article in order to have a grasp of nouns which can be either countable or uncountable.

  • And what about nonsense? Are senses countable?
    – user4951
    Mar 26 '13 at 13:58
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    @JimThio: Senses are one thing, but nonsense is quite another.
    – user21497
    Mar 26 '13 at 14:29
  • So there is no such thing as nonsenses either. Only nonsense?
    – user4951
    Mar 27 '13 at 0:38
  • yes, nonsenses exists only in few places and that too not widely supported. Above also the wikitonary links only says it is usually uncountable.
    – Raghav
    Mar 27 '13 at 6:29

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