friend has said something, that is, something which is not true. I want to talk about what my friend said, but I won't actually say those words. I know I can use a sentence with following form:

My friend said so and such.

My friend said Bla Bla Bla.

I want to know: Is using so and such better than Bla Bla Bla ...? Or is there a better expression would we use?

  • Have I got this right? Your friend said something false or incorrect. You want to refer to what they said with a non-specific phrase like such and such or blah blah blah. You want to know what the most appropriate non-specific phrase is, given that what they said was false or incorrect. Is that right? – snailcar Oct 8 '19 at 12:33
  • @snailboat Yes, I did pose my question a little vague. – M. Foster Oct 8 '19 at 13:07

Blah, blah, blah is fairly appropriate here.

My friend just blabbered on about how great his job was, blah, blah, blah.

Keep in mind that "blah, blah, blah" isn't reserved for referring to lies/falsehoods. For example, in the above sentence, we are not implying your friend's job isn't great, but rather that he kept talking about his job for too long.

Yada, yada, yada or went on and on might also mean something similar.

So and such, as far as I know, is not a idiomatic. The closest expression, so-and-so, usually refers to a person or a thing.

We shouldn't repaint our fence just because so-and-so said it looks old!

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    I, too, have not seen so and such, but I have seen such and so used in this context. “How would I say in Japanese, ‘I solve the Dirac Equation’?” They said such-and-so." is attributed to Richard Feynman; during her confirmation hearing, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg said, "One of your colleagues just said to me, well, in the case of United States v. Jackson (1987), you said such-and-so.. Yet another way to say it might be this and that. – J.R. Oct 8 '19 at 17:35

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