Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
#118741 - 01/04/04 04:03 PM Oh, S.H.I.T.  
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 3,439
wow Offline
Carpal Tunnel
wow  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 3,439
New England, USA
Got this in an Email today. OK, go ahead! Shoot it down.

SHIPPING MANURE
Exciting Historical information you need to know about shipping Manure:
In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship. It was also before commercial fertilizer's invention, so large shipments of manure were common. It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by-product is methane gas. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen. Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening. After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the term "Ship High In Transit" on them which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane. Thus evolved the term "S.H.I.T," which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.
You probably did not know the true history of this word.
I dolike to keep you amused.


#118742 - 01/04/04 04:33 PM Re: Oh, S.H.I.T.  
Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 2,636
consuelo Offline
Carpal Tunnel
consuelo  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 2,636
Caribbean
Sounds like a load of C(ogitized).R(akish).A(ppendage).P(ulling). to me.

From etymonline.com
shit (v.) - O.E. scitan, from P.Gmc. *skit-, from PIE *skheid- "split, divide, separate." Related to shed (v.) on the notion of "separation" from the body (cf. L. excrementum, from excernere "to separate"). The noun is O.E. scitte "purging;" sense of "excrement" dates from 1585, from the verb. Extensive slang usage; meaning "to lie" is from 1934; that of "to disrespect" is from 1903; used for "obnoxious person" since at least 1508. Shat is a humorous past tense form, not etymological, from 18c. Shit-faced "drunk" is 1960s student slang; shit list is from 1942.


http://www.barbwired.com/nadiaweb/nawl/archives/000202.html


#118743 - 01/04/04 05:13 PM Re: Oh, S.H.I.T.  
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Jackie Offline
Jackie  Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Louisville, Kentucky
The first three acronym finders I tried didn't have anything. Then I found:
SHIT Sure happy it's Thursday [slang]
sHiT Stupid haole In transition [Hawaiian slang]
SHIT Send Help It's Terrible [slang]
shit Saddam Hussein Is a Tyrant [slang]
SHIT Ship High In Transit [slang]
SHIT Special High Intensity Training [slang]




#118744 - 01/04/04 05:20 PM Re: Oh, S.H.I.T.  
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 13,858
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel
wwh  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 13,858
That e-mail gets the razzberry in Urban legends:
http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl-s-word.htm


#118745 - 01/04/04 06:24 PM Re: Oh, S.H.I.T.  
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 4,189
WhitmanO'Neill Offline
Carpal Tunnel
WhitmanO'Neill  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 4,189
Rio Grande, Cape May County, N...
I think that shit story is a lot of crap!


#118746 - 01/04/04 10:15 PM Re: Oh, S.H.I.T.  
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Faldage  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
In general, any pre-20th century acronymic etymology is suspect. This goes for Frequent Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and Port Out Starboard Home, too.


#118747 - 01/05/04 10:28 AM Re: Oh, S.H.I.T.  
Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 2,636
consuelo Offline
Carpal Tunnel
consuelo  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 2,636
Caribbean
Am I the first to be mantled in the new year?


#118748 - 01/05/04 01:11 PM Re: Oh, S.H.I.T.  
Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 619
grapho Offline
addict
grapho  Offline
addict

Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 619
Carpal Tunnel Country
Am I the first to be mantled in the new year?

Not to worry, Consuelo. Your S.H.I.T. doesn't stink as much as some of the other contributions.


#118749 - 01/05/04 01:27 PM Re: Oh, S.H.I.T.  
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 13,858
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel
wwh  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 13,858
Dear consuelo: This time of year a mantle will keep you warm.


#118750 - 01/05/04 02:19 PM Re: Oh, S.H.I.T.  
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 4,189
WhitmanO'Neill Offline
Carpal Tunnel
WhitmanO'Neill  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 4,189
Rio Grande, Cape May County, N...
And a crappy mantle at that!

(So it couldn't've been Mickey, he wasn't crappy) [rolleyes-e]


Page 1 of 2 1 2

Moderated by  Jackie 

Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics13,879
Posts224,234
Members9,033
Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members
Joyous, Amylzirklern, brork, santo, piostylist
9033 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 54 guests, and 3 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
Top Posters(All Time)
wwh 13,858
Faldage 13,803
Jackie 11,613
tsuwm 10,538
LukeJavan8 9,060
AnnaStrophic 6,511
Wordwind 6,296
of troy 5,400
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.016s Queries: 14 (0.003s) Memory: 2.7251 MB (Peak: 2.8580 MB) Zlib disabled. Server Time: 2017-12-14 08:04:25 UTC