Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Bish - A Blunder With a Touch of Class

Blunder, Faux Pas, Mistake, Admission
Sounds like a bit of a bish to me.
(image by Andrew Forgrave)

BISH

Noun. Slang. Mid-20th century.
[Origin unknown.]

A mistake, a blunder.

Researching the distinctly posh sounding bish has been quite a task. For one thing, on searching for bish meaning "blunder", Google was understandably determined to return hits on George W. Bush, fond and oddly adept as he is in the art of the über-bish. Taking it down to street level, bish also gets a little bit ghetto, quaintly defined in the Urban Dictionary as "a soft and loving term for bitch". Aww. Bless those young scallywags and their charmingly offensive gutterspeak! Oh, bish is also short for 'bishop', and imitative Australian slang for throwing something (I have no idea what bish is imitating here). So there it is. Whether you want to write about Bush's bushisms, insult a woman, get cozy with the clergy or lob something at an Australian, bish might just be the word for you.

10 comments:

  1. "A soft and loving term for bitch"... Now I've heard it all. If she's a bitch, then she's a bitch, if she's not, then why are you calling her that?

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    1. A gentleman would never use either, of course ...

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  2. Bibi, you sound like a lovely Bish. ( compliment )

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    1. I don't know what to say... Thanks? o.O

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    2. I'm not sure if calling Bibi a Bish was a bish or a faux pas T.

      -clueless

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    3. Maybe a bêtise? Although I'm sure T1's comment was intentionally ironic - as it always is when you have to explicitly tell someone that they're being "complimented" ... a little like when someone says "With all due respect," you know they're about to say something quite disrespectful.

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  3. Oh sorry,
    Is The Bish not a Galway rugby team?
    Honestly Ed, do a bit more research, honestly!

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    1. I know it's a school in Galway, but a rugby team? That's new to me - and I had to draw the line somewhere.

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  4. Bish reminds me of the mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

    -clueless

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    1. Bish ... Yes! It is a bit of a Borisesque word, isn't it?

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