slang describe icon What dose Booshwa mean

OK, people, help me out here. I'm gonna try to step in and fix this shit. Because apparently the street's understanding of its own heritage is getting sadly confused, and I hate to see that happen. It makes me want to weep.

Here's the deal. I look up "booshwa" on Urban Dictionary, hoping for an entertaining, irreverent, saucy explanation of how it's street for "Bourgeois," a French word describing happily domesticated, clueless white people who buy what they're sold, do what they're told, and have no idea what a bunch of sheep they are.

Instead, the top rated definition (which still has 25 down-votes to only 64 up; not a ringing endorsement of its accuracy) is that it just means "bullshit."

Now, I know how this happens. People who actually know what it means use it right. It gets overheard by people who only pick up that whatever it is, it's bad and dumb. And they go write Urban Dictionary definitions.

That is not "booshwa." That, actually, is bullshit.

"Booshwa" is for when you ain't pretentious enough to use a French word, but you need to convey your disdain for how domesticated and clueless somebody is.

Here, for the record, is Merriam-Webster's definition of "Bourgeois," Booshwa's proper, upscale sibling:

1: of, relating to, or characteristic of the social middle class

2: marked by a concern for material interests and respectability and a tendency toward mediocrity

3: dominated by commercial and industrial interests : capitalistic

Chet: I'm glad the FCC is fining Janet Jackson for her shameful exhibitionism during the Super Bowl half-time show. I just don't know if I can feel safe allowing my children to watch the NFL if they're at risk of seeing that kind of thing. Hey, here's a list of supplies we could use if you want to contribute to care packages for our troops!

Jamal: Man, will you give it a rest with your tired booshwa so-called "family values" and patriotism?

Raquel Mendez
July 3, 2024

slang describe icon What dose Booshwa come from

"Booshwa" is a slang term used to express disdain for someone perceived as being overly domesticated, clueless, and conforming to societal norms. It's a more casual and less pretentious way of saying "bourgeois," a French word that describes the middle class and their values.

The term "booshwa" is often used to criticize individuals who are seen as being out of touch with reality, prioritizing material possessions and respectability over genuine values. It's a way of calling out hypocrisy and highlighting the disconnect between someone's actions and their professed beliefs.

While the term "booshwa" might not be widely recognized, it's a powerful tool for expressing frustration with societal expectations and the perceived shallowness of certain lifestyles. It's a reminder that true authenticity and genuine connection are more valuable than conforming to the status quo.

slang describe icon Examples of Booshwa

Dude, stop with the booshwa about how you're gonna 'save the world' with your new vegan diet.
I'm so tired of her booshwa about how she's 'too busy' to hang out.
He's always spouting booshwa about how he's 'a real man' because he works construction.
Don't even get me started on his booshwa about how he's 'a self-made millionaire'

Related Slang