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  • In my experience, primarily an interjection. Bushwa!

    also bushwah

    July 12, 2007

  • Not to be confused with bourgeois, I'm sure?

    July 12, 2007

  • The derivation is unknown, but there is speculation that it is a reference to bourgeois.

    July 12, 2007

  • That's what I'd read somewhere too.

    July 12, 2007

  • "This is a nice, small joke that provides a few grace notes of levity in what is otherwise a lugubrious exercise in spiritual bushwa."

    Scott, A.O. "Movie Review: Seven Pounds (2008) An I.R.S. Do-Gooder and Other Strangeness." The New York Times. December 19, 2008

    December 20, 2008

  • The OED defines bushwa as "Rubbish, nonsense," and for the etymology notes: "app. a euphemism for BULLSHIT." The latter is, I think, pretty obvious. There is no connection in either etymology, sense, or usage to "bourgeois." The OED cites examples dating back to the 1920s.

    December 25, 2009