Who Owes Me Three Dollars?

August 29, 2005

As I sat on my front porch this evening, watching …

Filed under: Uncategorized — ineedsheetmusic @ 3:49 am

As I sat on my front porch
this evening, watching the golden orb turn black while the lights in the valley below me started to flicker, I reflected on my name. My initials, actually. For that matter, my sister’s also, before she got married. My parents must have had a devious streak. I am actually Robert Bruce Settergren. My sister used to be Barbara Jean Settergren. Now if my parents had gone with Robert Settergren (me) and Jean Settergren (my sister) this BS stuff could have been avoided. But no. (My sister wisely dumped that Fernando Sousa guy -ninth grade, Mayfield Chr. School? or was it 10th grade GR Central Chr. High- and thus avoided a life of BS).

The sad part of the whole thing is, due to my religious upbringing, using the term that my initials represent has been off limits. (Except for a moment of weakness when my friend Dave baited me into a loud outburst when he incorrectly characterized us Presbyterian types as religiously cold and with out any of the Holy Spirit’s warmth. At least I showed him that us Reformed folk could cuss when suitably provoked!)

So now what? Well, I have been on a mission, albeit not one that any sort of Christian would approve of, such as one that would bring relief to a sick and dying world. No. The mission I decided to accept was to find a suitable replacement for the BS term.

My folks have no quarrel with the term ‘drivel’ or ‘nonsense’ or ‘mularkey’ or ‘hogwash’ or many others. The problem is that, while all these terms sort of get the idea across, they lack something. And I am not sure what it is that they lack. Its not a matter of degree, for if it were, I could just say “That’s extreme hogwash”, or “That’s complete drivel”.

It’s more a matter of quality. Or a matter of impact. Even though the term I am seeking to replace is used a lot, it is never overused. It has all the necessary ingredients to get the hearer to realize that what has been said or done is not just stupid or false but also morally indefensible, even reprehensible.

Then I got the bright idea to consult a thesaurus. With that discovery, I thought I may have attained unto BS heaven. Try these: bunk, claptrap, fiddlesticks, folly, foolishness, fudge, humbug, humbuggery, piffle, rot, senselessness, silliness, slush, stupidity, trash, absurdity, asininity, fatuity, foolery, idiocy, imbecility, inanity, insanity, lunacy, absurdness, craziness, madness, witlessness, tomfoolery, gas, hot air, moonshine, rigmarole, twaddle, double-talk.

So, from these I kinda’ like piffle, fatuity and twaddle. But I am open.

And you get to discern what part of my blog is full of twaddle.



  1. It isn’t necessary to post something every day if it has to be posts like this one. It is pretty much (BS).

    Comment by Anonymous — August 29, 2005 @ 5:02 pm

  2. Is saying “it’s all bull dung” ok. Although I kinda like “it’s all twaddle”.

    I think Paul might have been thinking along those lines…
    Phil 3:8 “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” KJV

    Comment by out of thin air — August 29, 2005 @ 9:11 pm

  3. Your new reading on that famous verse really makes you think even more deeply about what Paul said there. It seems pretty clear what he was referring to. To refer to those things as dung pretty much shows that he had cut the cord with a justification by works scenario. Burned his bridges, so to speak.

    Comment by Bruce S — August 30, 2005 @ 5:30 am

  4. The joy of blogging is that you can post whatever and your readers can discern the gold from the dross….and maybe get a chuckle of two. You’re a repressed Calvinist, you are, right up there with Paul Schrader and crew. You just got started writing a lot later than he did 🙂

    Comment by Sisterhttp://writingonreading.blogspot.com — August 30, 2005 @ 7:37 pm

  5. Glad you’re chuckling and not calling for bundles of faggots with matches.

    Comment by Bruce S — August 30, 2005 @ 8:20 pm

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