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"The Shit"[edit]

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. 77.167.212.162 23:19, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

What made the word profane/vulgar?[edit]

This aspect seems to be missing from the article. Who or what originally decided this was a "bad" word? Stevie is the man! TalkWork 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)

Yours is highly WP:OR. See its etymology. Zezen (talk) 14:48, 1 January 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 5 February 2015[edit]

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)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Edgars2007 (talk/contribs) 05:53, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
Well, this is bot the exact proof, but here is the definition of the word. It said nothing about its being profane (though it did say that it is taboo): http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/shit Gamingforfun365 (talk) 02:46, 9 February 2015 (UTC)
Never mind that; I recently have learned that it [b]is[/b] profane after all, so never mind. Gamingforfun365 (talk) 02:56, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

Archived a few threads[edit]

Archived a few threads, specifically, those that were marked as resolved, and/or quite old with zero new comments for some time. — Cirt (talk) 00:03, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 13 September 2015[edit]

Except when talking about another person shit can be used as shitting. For example "he was so scared he was shitting himself" or i was walking in the park and i saw somebody shitting in a bush.

Shit can also be used in terms such as, "i don't give a shit", "who gives a shit", "no one gives a shit", "no shits were given that day".

It can also be used to describe something you don't like, "what is this shit"

Idioms such as "the shit has hit the fan", he will know about it "when the shit hits the fan" or look out "the shit is going to hit the fan" meaning things are about to get messy or have gone wrong. ~

Pictogram voting wait.svg Already done Both forms of usage are already there, Shit#Vague noun and Shit#The verb "to shit" Cannolis (talk) 10:20, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

Other uses[edit]

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. 20.133.0.13 (talk) 13:37, 28 September 2015 (UTC)