Fatdogmendoza wrote: domdabears wrote: Fatdogmendoza wrote:
Lose the E!!!!!!!!!!
"Ship High In Transit."
That's where it comes from.
I don't know where you guys get the E.
the acronym theory for the origin of "shit" breaks down because:
the word itself is a good 1,000 years older than the common use of acronyms;
the original form of the word (Anglo-Saxon sc-, which regularly evolved into M.E. sh-) does not correspond to the supposed acronym;
the verb is the original form, the noun derives from it; the acronym supposes the noun came first;
no one has produced a single instance of this supposed acronym from any old mercantile record or ship's manifest;
in fact, no one has ever established that there was a custom of shipping manure;
the word has cognates in many other languages, including ones outside Germanic, for which no acronym theory of origin makes sense;
It doesn't fit the facts, it requires a very elaborate supposition for which there is not the slightest evidence, and there is a much simpler, saner explanation for the word, the only drawback of which is that it doesn't make a very good Internet joke.
Say it with me: "shit is not an acronym." Repeat 100 times for every time you forwarded that e-mail. Now go forth and sin no more.
The word is likely derived from Old English, having the nouns scite
(dung, attested only in place names) and scitte
(diarrhoea), and the verb scītan (to defecate, attested only in bescītan, to cover with excrement); eventually it morphed into Middle English schītte
(excrement), schyt (diarrhoea) and shiten (to defecate), and it is virtually certain that it was used in some form by preliterate Germanic tribes at the time of the Roman Empire. The word may be further traced to Proto-Germanic *skit-, and ultimately to Proto-Indo-European *skheid- "cut, separate", the same root believed to have become the word shed. The word has several cognates in modern Germanic languages, such as German Scheiße
, Dutch schijt, Swedish skit, Icelandic skítur, Norwegian skitt etc. Ancient Greek had 'skor' (gen. 'skatos' hence 'scato-'), from Proto-Indo-European *sker-, which is likely unrelated.
notice the E