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I would like to add reference to the slang usage of "the shit," as in "My new car is the shit," that is "good." I know this usage is common in the United States. I need to research it's use in this way in other parts of the Anglosphere. —JamesReyes (talk) 01:38, 10 June 2012 (UTC)
In common parlance in many countries where English is spoken, especially the United States of America, shit has taken on the meaning of many different things. For example drugs (as in "you wanna try some of this shit"), knowledge (as in "you really know your shit"), problems (as in "I don't care about your shit"). The common background seems to be things that are unpleasant to be mentioned, named or talked about. 188.8.131.52 23:19, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
This aspect seems to be missing from the article. Who or what originally decided this was a "bad" word? Stevie is the man!Talk • Work 02:48, 25 July 2013 (UTC)
Eric Partridge states that it was standard English until the 19th century when it became a vulgarism. I do recall reading somewhere (unfortunately I can't remember where exactly so this isn't reliable) that a bunch of these words became vulgar around the early 19th century when people's habits changed and the growth of private toilets and the like suddenly meant a lot of taboos grew up around both the acts of and the language of human waste production. Up to that point people had had to go in public a lot more often so there was little point in being sheepish or modest about it. But as I say I can't recall where I read that so don't quote me. Keresaspa (talk) 01:27, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
I have shit on my head
The word shit likely developed out of the middle east from the Hebrew word 'שטן' (Sht'n), which is for Satan. This is why it is considered profane and why the phrase 'holy shit', is/ should be considered highly blasphemous. It is likely to have developed into a common term for faeces in humour as 'the work of the devil'. This also is why when something has gone horribly wrong, the terms 'gone to shit' really brings about its relevance. I3R0K3N7FEET (talk) 13:19, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
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In the first paragraph, I have heard that the word is vulgar, but I never have heard of its being profane. The "profane" part should be removed. Gamingforfun365 (talk) 04:55, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
In UK English "shitting a brick" is often given as "bricking it". The expression was used last week by one of the presenters on BBC's The Great British Bake-Off. Also, as well as "vague noun", the word can be used to mean "belongings" or "personal possessions", as in the phrase "get your shit in a sock" meaning "to tidy up" or "get prepared" generally. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 13:37, 28 September 2015 (UTC)