I was just reminded of something incredible:
Last week, I was listening to a radio station that was playing "Money" by Pink Floyd. (I know... could they pick a worse Floyd tune?) What was incredible, however, is that they bleeped out the word bullshit (in the lyric about "do-goody-good bullshit"). What the fuck is that? Since when can't a radio station play a record with the word bullshit in it? Is bullshit even vulgar in this context? Isn't it correct to say that the word now has a well-established meaning that has nothing at all to do with the fecal matter of bulls? That no one bought Frankfurt's book taking it to be an essay on bull feces shows this adequately.
In fact, it's a wholly different word: bullshit is not equivalent to bull shit. Assume that rat is a forbidden term. Would Socrates then be forbidden in virtue of the fact that it contains the consecutive letters r, a, and t? No. So why should it count against bullshit that shit is forbidden?
It's late, I'm on cold medication, the cold medication is keeping me awake (despite its being "nighttime"), and I forgot almost everything I learned in the philosophy of language seminar I took way back in graduate school, but I'm fucking outraged right now....
(And thanks to the jerk-- you know who you are-- that reminded me of this.)