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    I hope this hasn't been posted already......if so, my apologies.

    Isn't history interesting?

    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.

    Neither did I.

    I always thought it was a golf term.

    Tchau!

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    and i thought it was an old french colloquialism meaning good.
    They can tak' oour lives, but they cannae tak' oour troousers!
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    Originally posted by lilmiss@5 August 2003 - 12:04
    colloquialism
    I bet your head hurts now, doen't it lilmiss

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    No shit ?
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    Political correctness is based on the principle that it's possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

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    http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/shit.htm

    Claim: The word "shit" comes from an acronym for "Ship High in Transit."

    Status: False.



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    shit

    Pronunciation: 'shit, interjectionally also 'shE-&t
    Function: noun
    Etymology: (assumed) Middle English, from Old English scite; akin to Old English -scItan to defecate
    Date: circa 1585

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    shit, my head hurts.
    They can tak' oour lives, but they cannae tak' oour troousers!
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    Originally posted by lilmiss@5 August 2003 - 17:34
    shit, my head hurts.
    I just had a shit wot hurt!
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    Originally posted by titey@5 August 2003 - 18:31


    shit

    Pronunciation: &#39;shit, interjectionally also &#39;shE-&t
    Function: noun
    Etymology: (assumed) Middle English, from Old English scite; akin to Old English -scItan to defecate
    Date: circa 1585
    Or

    Etymology: alteration of earlier shite, from Middle English shiten, from Old English -scItan; akin to Old High German scIzan to defecate and probably to Old English scEadan to separate

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    Originally posted by JPaul@5 August 2003 - 12:39
    ... and probably to Old English scEadan to separate
    As in "spread yer cheeks"?

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