Pish Posh


What does Pish Posh mean?

Pish posh is an expression for giving voice to doubts, disdain and contempt.

It is mostly used for calling a story absurdly unbelievable.


What's the origin of Pish Posh?

The term “pish” was used as a word for contempt as far back as the 1500’s in Britain.

It appeared in William Shakespeare’s Henry V play as well.

The “posh” part of the expression was added to the phrase sometime during the 1800’s or the early 1900’s.

Spread & Usage

How did Pish Posh spread?

“Pish posh” is still in use today and it is a much more refined way of calling bs on something, than actually saying “bullshit”.

It was defined on Urban Dictionary in 2003.

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