Words at Play : A Thoughtful Guide to Words About Nonsense

#3: Bosh

Definition:

: foolish talk or activity; nonsense – often used interjectionally

Example:

"Charles," said Cordelia, "Modern Art is all bosh, isn't it?"

"Great bosh."

"Oh, I'm so glad. I had an argument with one of our nuns and she said we shouldn't try and criticize what we didn't understand. Now I shall tell her I have had it straight from a real artist, and snubs to her."

—Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited, 1945

About the Word:

Bosh comes from boş, a Turkish word meaning "empty; useless."

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