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. Commented May 1, 2011 at 4:21
  • 2
    He's a bad mother-shut yo mouth.
    – Sam
    Commented May 1, 2011 at 4:47
  • 5
    Just do it. Don't be complicit in your own bowdlerization.
    – Marcin
    Commented May 1, 2011 at 8:17
  • 5
    I'm not sure I want to help trombonists to that extent. I mean, come on.
    – Robusto
    Commented May 1, 2011 at 11:10
  • Is brass a euphemism here for badassium?
    – Erik Kowal
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 3:02

5 Answers 5


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
    Commented May 1, 2011 at 4:50
  • How about fawesome?
    – Sam
    Commented May 1, 2011 at 4:51
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    +1 for hardcore. Commented May 1, 2011 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
    Commented May 1, 2011 at 14:33
  • Bitching means excellent or extremely: a bitching new album; it's bitchin' hot, ain't it?
    – apaderno
    Commented May 1, 2011 at 15:07

Orchestral brass musicians are the shiznit.

  • by they way, shiza - is shortened from schizophrenia (russian folks will approve) Commented Aug 18, 2017 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
    Commented Aug 18, 2017 at 10:48

How about:

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

Orchestral brass musicians play


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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