In Reply to: Load of bull posted by Mary on June 03, 2008 at 14:15:
: What's the meaning "the load of bull"? I read it in an article by The Economist "Bears and bulls".
In everyday use, a 'load of bull' means a load of rubbish - it is short (I believe) for 'bullsh*t'.
However, as your source was 'The Economist' this is likely to have been a pun on the City's use of 'bull' to mean one who invests in the anticipation of share prices rising: as opposed to a 'bear' who anticipates falls.