We’ve all done it from time to time. Some of us do it on a regular basis. It’s an art form. But what colourful ways do you have of describing it?
Here, it’s known as blagging it. You can blag your way into private events. You might have blagged your way through a seminar. And I’m certain that at some point you’ll have done some major blagging to a teacher as to why your homework was late.
In a wider context, blagging it means to get things you want by talking a lot of crap.
I know a lot of you will call it bullshi**ing as I do. But what other ways do you have to describe this fine art?
Here in the U.S., I’m not sure if there is a real inventive way that stands out to talk about this.
You’re right, bullshitting is the pre-eminent one. The conventional equivalent might be “conning” someone.
That comes from the 19th century.
From Etymonline: “Swindle,” 1889, Amer.Eng., from confidence man (1849), from the many scams in which the victim is induced to hand over money as a token of confidence. Confidence with a sense of “assurance based on insufficient grounds” dates from 1594.
A potential alternative might be “sweet talk.” I was at a restaurant Sunday night for Mother’s Day that had just opened, so the staff was inexperienced. The manager was hands-on. My overzealous father-in-law asked the guy if we could go ahead and order our drinks, and the waiter obliged because how do you say no?
Well, a group of young Asian girls who had been there longer were at a table behind us, and they hadn’t even gotten their menus. I heard the manager point out that they had been waiting. He said, “Go over there and sweet talk them.”
The waiter — who was a handsome, young kind of guy — went over and talked to them briefly but didn’t do anything before he came back to us. They seemed to be happy with that.
So, basically, he sweet talked them. Charmed them. Bullshitted them.
I’m sure there are others, but I don’t know because I don’t do that kind of thing.
Well, OK, I do. But I suck at it.