Bulshytt

by Mark on

Bulshytt: (1) In Fluccish of the late Praxic Age and early Reconstitution, a derogatory term for false speech in general, esp. knowing and deliberate falsehood or obfuscation. (2) In Orth, a more technical and clinical term denoting speech (typically but not necessarily commercial or political) that employs euphemism, convenient vagueness, numbing repetition, and other such rhetorical subterfuges to create the impression that something has been said. (3) According to the Knights of Saunt Halikaarn, a radical order of the 2nd Millennium A.R., all speech and writings of the ancient Sphenics; the Mystagogues of the Old Mathic Age; Praxic Age commercial and political institutions; and, since the Reconstitution, anyone they deemed to have been infected by Procian thinking. Their frequent and loud use of this word to interrupt lectures, dialogs, private conversations, etc., exacerbated the divide between Procian and Halikaarnian orders that characterized the mathic world in the years leading up to the Third Sack. Shortly before the Third Sack, all of the Knights of Saunt Halikaarn were Thrown Back, so little more is known about them (their frequent appearance in Sæcular entertainments results from confusion between them and the Incanters).
Usage note: In the mathic world, if the word is suddenly shouted out in a chalk hall or refectory it brings to mind the events associated with sense (3) and is therefore to be avoided. Spoken in a moderate tone of voice, it takes on sense (2), which long ago lost any vulgar connotations it may once have had. In the Sæculum it is easily confused with sense (1) and deemed a vulgarity or even an obscenity. It is inherent in the mentality of extramuros bulshytt-talkers that they are more prone than anyone else to taking offense (or pretending to) when their bulshytt is pointed out to them. This places the mathic observer in a nearly impossible position. One is forced either to use this “offensive” word and be deemed a disagreeable person and as such excluded from polite discourse, or to say the same thing in a different way, which means becoming a purveyor of bulshytt oneself and thereby lending strength to what one is trying to attack. The latter quality probably explains the uncanny stability and resiliency of bulshytt. Resolving this dilemma is beyond the scope of this Dictionary and is probably best left to hierarchs who make it their business to interact with the Sæculum.

I’m going to start pasting this into the introduction of every report on technology that I am given between now and 2014:

In American author Neal Stephenson’s 2008 science fiction novel “Anathem”, the author conjectures the inhabitants of a parallel world, Arbre, using words and phrases for situations and items that have no precise analogue on modern-day Earth.

I mentioned that because one of the words Stephenson created was “bulshytt”. It does not precisely have the same meaning as our word does; instead bullshytt is used to highlight (among other things) market jargon that tries to talk-up a product by either combining words; e.g. an advanced packet filter might become “PacketFilter™” or “Intel Advanced Packet Snoop™”.

Documentation regarding Intel’s QuickPath was laden with bulshytt. Bulshytt seemed to complete crowd out usable information in many cases, to usable information’s profound discontent. In writing this report I have endeavoured to pierce the bulshytt, to lance bulshytt’s infected boil, and from there distill Intel’s QuickPath down to its actual operational mechanics, sometimes at the expense of brevity.

Fair warning.

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