You could give a shit, not give a shit, call bullshit, call your friend a dumb shit, tell them to eat shit, to eat shit and die, that they’re full of shit, that they’re chicken shit, that they need to get their shit together, that you got some good shit, got shitfaced, ate shit, ate shit on a shingle, dealt with some hard shit, saw some funny shit and so on. The list could really go forever.
Another practical quality is how ‘Shit’ can go from exclamation to verb, to noun, to adjective without missing a beat! As in: ‘Shit! I shit the bed, and got shit on me and dammit, I feel shitty!’ Beginnings of a bad day, but awesome shit usage!
So, where does this amazing word come from?
As far as I can tell, ‘shit’ has held a place in world languages for a very long time. By very long, I mean around when languages first started to spread. Think about it; if you were in the Stone Age, you’d probably have a word for rocks and sticks, for food, water, sleep maybe, predators, and for shit.
But, to back that up, studies in anthropology have found the word ‘skheid’ in the Proto-Indo-European Language. We’re talking Neolithic humans 12,000 years ago! Skheid is Shit’s great-great-grandfather! It basically means to ‘cut off or to separate.’ And, isn’t that what you do with a shit? Skheid morphed into ‘skit’ in Sweden, ‘skitur’ in Norway, and ‘skor’ in Ancinet Greece. The belief is that the word ‘shed’ as in ‘to shed layers’ comes from the same origin!
The fact is, if ‘skheid’ first appeared in history that long ago, you know it’d been around much longer! The caveman who wrote it probably thought shit was so important, he had to put it into print! First documented fecalpheliac? First published poop joke? Like getting to the center of a Tootsie-Pop, the world may never know…
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