I'm looking for a better way to say "orchestral brass musicians are badass" that doesn't use any words that could be considered profanity.

(If you're not sure what I mean by orchestral brass musicians, as far as I'm concerned they're the equivalent of Samuel L. Jackson.)

  • Just say "baaaaad" followed with a wry smile and then arched eyebrows. – Goodbye Stack Exchange May 1 '11 at 4:21
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    He's a bad mother-shut yo mouth. – Sam May 1 '11 at 4:47
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    Just do it. Don't be complicit in your own bowdlerization. – Marcin May 1 '11 at 8:17
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    I'm not sure I want to help trombonists to that extent. I mean, come on. – Robusto May 1 '11 at 11:10
  • Is brass a euphemism here for badassium? – Erik Kowal May 7 '14 at 3:02

These terms can vary a bit by region and trendiness as well as vulgarity, but some possible alternatives:


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    Also, my personal favourite: Awesome! – Loquacity May 1 '11 at 4:50
  • How about fawesome? – Sam May 1 '11 at 4:51
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    +1 for hardcore. – Callithumpian May 1 '11 at 5:00
  • @Loquacity: I had awesome in my list, then decided it didn't have the edge that @NReilingh was looking to keep. – mfe May 1 '11 at 14:33
  • Bitching means excellent or extremely: a bitching new album; it's bitchin' hot, ain't it? – kiamlaluno May 1 '11 at 15:07

Orchestral brass musicians are the shiznit.

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  • by they way, shiza - is shortened from schizophrenia (russian folks will approve) – CEO at Apartico Aug 18 '17 at 10:42
  • I can't believe I'm the first person to upvote you on this. If nothing else, it gave me a good laugh. – Lisa Beck Aug 18 '17 at 10:48

How about:

  • Our horns are smokin'!
  • Our horns are the bomb, baby!
  • These horns kick brass!
  • We've got brass . . . balls!
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Orchestral brass musicians play

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I don't know if I can get credit for supplying you with a link, but I stumbled upon your post while looking for a Russian equivalent to this word and my searches led me down a lot of different nooks and crannies to include this page right here:

Power Thesaurus entry for "badass"

Either way, I do realize I'm a bit late to this party, but hope it helps someone just the same.

By the way, I didn't look to see if "the bomb" was on the Power Thesaurus list, but if not, there's another one for you. (I see now that Kristina Lopez beat me to the punch on that one, but I second her suggestion.)

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