A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 19, 2015
Master Bullshit Artist ("MBA” backronym)

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree doesn’t always impress everyone and has sometimes been given the backronym (back acronym) of “Master Bullshit Artist.” The nickname “Major/Master Bullshit Artist” has been cited in print since at least 1999 and is one of several jocular “shit” degrees, such as the B.S. ("bull shit") and the M.S. ("more shit").

Other MBA backronyms include “Mediocre But Aggressive,” “Mediocre But Arrogant” and “Massive Bank Account.”

The Bachelor of Science degree is frequently called B.S. ("bull shit") and the Master of Science degree is called M.S. ("more shit” or “more of the same"), with both referenced in print since at least 1932. Ph.D. (doctorate) backronyms include “Piled Higher and Deeper,” “Pizza Hut Deliveryman,” “Poor, Hungry Doctor” and “Poor, Hungry and Driven.” M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree backronyms include “Money Doctor” and “Much Deeper.”


Wikipedia: Master of Business Administration
The Master of Business Administration (MBA or M.B.A.) is a master’s degree in business administration (management). The MBA degree originated in the United States in the late 19th century when the country industrialized and companies sought scientific approaches to management. The core courses in an MBA program cover various areas of business such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and operations in a manner most relevant to management analysis and strategy. Most programs also include elective courses.

The MBA is a terminal degree and a professional degree. Accreditation bodies specifically for MBA programs ensure consistency and quality of education. Business schools in many countries offer programs tailored to full-time, part-time, executive, and distance learning students, many with specialized concentrations.

Google Groups: alt.support.attn-deficit
Pediatric Psychiatrist in New York City or Long Island?
Mark Probert
12/22/99
(...)
What’s the MBA mean in this group? A false appeal to authority? Or Major Bullshit Artist? If so, the MS must be more of the same…

Google Groups: alt.computer.consultants
A little OT: Any MBA’s here?
Bloody Viking
9/23/01
(...)
An MBA is a Master Bullshit Artist.
^ ^ ^
They are taught a bunch of bullshit. And they are taught to promulgate the bullshit, and get pissed off if their bluff is called. I’ve had my run-ins with Master Bullshit Artists, and I piss them off with only the weapon of reality.

Google Groups: rec.music.classical.recordings
Hollywood Reporter: Sony may cut up to 20,000 jobs
Mark Stenroos
10/21/03
(...)
My experience has been that MBA stands for Major Bullshit Artist and little else, whether in music executives...or politicians.

Google Books
Der freche Vogel fängt den Wurm:
7 überraschende Führungsprinzipien für mutige Manager

By Klaus Schuster
Munich: Redline Verlag
2010
Pg. 162:
Deshalb übersetzt er MBA auch mit »Master Bullshit Artist«. Oder mit »Mediocre but arrogant« – mittelmäßig, aber arrogant.

Google Books
Negropedia:
The Assimilated Negro’s Crash Course on the Modern Black Experience

By Patrice Evans
New York, NY: Three Rivers Press
2011
Pg. 201:
MBA stands for Master Bullshit Artist. son.

Twitter
James Ng
‏@jamesng_sf
Nowaday, everyone is an #MBA - Master of Bullshit Artist. #BSDegree
1:46 AM - 24 Aug 2014

Twitter
The Pantsless Bear
‏@PantslessBear
Are You A Master Bullshit Artist (MBA)? https://thepantslessbear.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/are-you-a-master-bullshit-artist-mba
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2:01 AM - 25 May 2015

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