From "BOgus" (fake, false, faux) + "-OSITY" (humorous suffix, compare "Heaviosity
" at this site):
1. The quality of something that is manifestly false (or bogus)
2. Something contrived, or patently false, designed to project a pleasing image or message through the media (newspapers, TV news, etc).
3. A polite way to say "bullshit," when the situation calls for something a little milder.
(Speaking of politicians who project a "folksy" manner when they themselves are not of humble beginnings):
"But alas, judgments about who's faking it are left primarily to what we might call (for the imposed lack of a more familiar but less printable term)* the bogosity detectors of the American people."
Meghan Daum, L.A. Times columnist, August 12, 2011 (printed in Chicago Tribune).
* She means "Bullshit
Noun form of the adjective bogus
. A collection of unsubstantiated or untrue assertions.
Also used in adjectival form.
His resume was a massive pile of bogosity.
The bogosity level of his thesis was staggering.
The degree to which something is bogus. Bogosity is measured with a bogometer
; in a seminar, when a speaker says something bogus, a listener might raise his hand and say “My bogometer just triggered”. More extremely, “You just pinned my bogometer” means you just said or did something so outrageously bogus that it is off the scale, pinning the bogometer needle at the highest possible reading (one might also say “You just redlined my bogometer”). The agreed-upon unit of bogosity is the microLenat
Bush's claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD
) pegged my bogometer
at 1000 microLenats
, producing bogosity of Biblical proportions.
The level or sliding scale at which lies may be measured. And exclamation.
That's a 9 on my bogosity meter.
Eric's presentation was total bogosity.
the quality of being bogus, to an extent that it is prolific in its bogusness (fake, counterfeit, false, imitation of something superior) So bogus, it has an air of lameness which is degrading and misleading of real purpose.
Kim's inability to go out on a date with Bill by meeting up at Starbucks was pretty much bogus. In fact the whole thing was total bogosity.