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Often overlooked when searching for the definition of a shim is a much used term for "shemales" and the name is derived from she/him..shim.

And yet two of the usage examples show "shim" being used in a subject, not object, context (where you would use "he", not "him"). I'm not convinced of the accuracy of that, especially considering that other fairly obscure terms like sie (he/she) are actually better known, at least online. 00:12, 23 August 2006 (UTC)

1975 Variety (U.S.) 19 Feb. 4/2 Divine has let it be known that the term to use is not transvestite, not transsexual, not he, she or it..but ‘shim’. 1980 J. Wainwright Kill of Small Consequence xi. 89 He looked a gay type, a typical shim. 1986 Sunday Mail (Brisbane) 19 Oct. 72/4 Police at Fortitude Valley in Brisbane have coined a new name for the so-called ladies of the night working in the world's oldest profession. They're called Shims—think about it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:40, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

I've taken the liberty of removing this text from this article, since it has absolutely nothing to do with the topic under discussion. This is an encyclopedia, not a dictionary. If anyone thinks the topic is worth reinstating as an article in its own right, they're welcome to do so; the text is below. -- scwimbush 15:46, 8 October 2006 (UTC)

Transexual (she + him == "shim") also used for (usually non-heterosexual) man masquerading as women online (see Gender-bait) for simulated cyber-sex and fetish purposes.

In referring to gender, "shim" denotes a non-determined sex of an unborn fetus. The word was coined by Steven Bill, a self-proclaimed etymologist, who became frustrated in not knowing how to refer to a friend's unborn baby without knowing its gender. "Shim" allows for either male or female, it is the combination of the words, "him" (male pronoun) and "she" (female pronoun). Example "Can I feel shim kicking your belly?"

The flexibility of the word allows for usage in the future tense as well as the past and present tense. Example: "Did shim move inside you?" Or "How is shim doing these days?"


This whole 'fantasy' section clearly has no place in a real wikipedia article; it shouldn't even be necessary to discuss why. However this user seems adamant about putting in this section. It has been removed, properly I should think by many users including myself (see history), yet this user persists in putting it back. Now he claims it has a source, but regardless its FICTIONAL material and clearly has no place. Perhaps an admin can help deal with this user? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:51, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

kill the link[edit]

Remove the external link to "A single-pixel transparent gif used as a shim". It's an example of some wierd technicute from 10 years ago. -- 04:56, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

Use in snooker and pool[edit]

the word shim is used in the description of the term Double shimmed in the Glossary of cue sports terms. maybe it should be added to this list also? Fegor (talk) 22:33, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

Todd J. Gilbert[edit]

I've taken the liberty of removing what appears to be a personal attack on a member of the US Navy, listed as a thinly disguised reference to the she/him use of shim. —Preceding unsigned comment added by DanRP (talkcontribs) 03:47, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

Too bad it's actually true. I personally added this as fact, and if you want to review it there's sources on Google. He's actually notable due to several things and I'm finishing up the article soon.

Incomplete Sentence[edit]

I have fixed an incomplete sentence that seemed to have been partly deleted by someone accidentally. However, I cannot be sure the restored sentence retained the original meaning completely. Someone might want to check on this. The revised sentence is:

The term comes from a Kentish word of unknown origin, dating to at least as early as 1723, meaning "a slip of wood."

--Skb8721 (talk) 17:30, 29 April 2008 (UTC)