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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. Jun 9, 2011 at 21:09
  • "Talk as you eat."
    – apaderno
    Jun 10, 2011 at 0:08
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    @kiamlaluno: What do you mean?
    – Tim
    Jun 10, 2011 at 0:15
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    In Italian there's the proverb: parla come mangi, which means talk simply and directly (to the point) as you would if you were eating. Don't try to cover your speech with fancy meaningless words i.e. bullshit.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 18, 2014 at 17:38

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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.
    – Kit Z. Fox
    Jun 9, 2011 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. Jun 9, 2011 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.
    – Kit Z. Fox
    Jun 10, 2011 at 0:40
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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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Are you referring to

cut the crap

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    Cut the crap is pretty offensive.
    – Kit Z. Fox
    Jun 9, 2011 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, 2011 at 21:54
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    It looks a bit more offensive to me as well... Natives here should show up! :D
    – Alenanno
    Jun 9, 2011 at 22:17
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    Then it would have been better posted as a comment than an answer, I guess.
    – Alenanno
    Jun 9, 2011 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, 2011 at 23:32
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Some useful expressions from American politics:

  1. No malarkey!

“Malarkey” is an old-fashioned Irish-American slang word meaning “bull*” (Urban Dictionary). I wouldn't recommend actually using this one.

  1. Straight talk

This is a common expression, and can be used as follows:

Hey, straight talk, what’s your opinion about “x”?


Another expression that’s worth mentioning is:

  1. Don’t beat around the bush.

For example,

Let’s not beat around the bush and address this issue directly.

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"Can we stay on point?" "Can we stick to the matter at hand."

I had a professor who constantly would remind us to "Keep it terse, pithy and to the point." He could easily have added "breviloquent" to that list of words.

(Of course the humor was that he was being wordy in saying that we should be brief.)

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From lexico: Let's get down to business. enter image description here

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    It's generally a bad idea to post textual answers as images.
    – mustaccio
    Mar 9, 2020 at 16:27

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