S is for... Shit
When I was little swearing was not allowed in our house. We were threatened with washing our mouths out with soap and water. Mum would often say ”sugar” but we knew what she really wanted to say.
As I grew older I became to realise the benefits of swearing. Working in a SEBD school with boys aged between 11-16 there was a need to know and understand the meanings of the words that the boys used.
Shit is a word that can be used in different categories in the English language.
it can be used as:
* a verb
* a noun
* an exclamation
* an adjective
* a transitive verb * used as an interjection
Popular phrases include: She gets a lot of shit about how she looks
He won’t take any shit from anyone
They don’t know shit about it
There’s a lot of dog shit on the pavement To have a shit
To talk a load of shit A person can be a complete shit
A shitty deal Give a shit
In deep shit
Cut the shit
Full of shit
Pull your shit together Thick as pig shit
A shitty situation
There are many more examples, of which reader, I’m sure you know!
A definition of shit:
(Courtesy of Miriam-Webster dictionary)
* an act of defecation
*something of little value
* trivial, usually boastful or inaccurate talk
The etymology of the word shit is that it is from Old English scite (dung) and morphed into Middle English schitte (excrement), schyt (diarrhoea). So shit has been around a long time.
Shit has been used in poetry by Jonathan Swift in The Lady’s Dressing Room
It was first used on UK television by John Cleese In the 1960s
It has been used in songs, eg Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon
Shit is now a tame swear word to use but its popularity continues.
The Next Shit - Pharoahe Monch
Put on Your Shit Kickers - House of Pain
Circle of Shit - Godflesh
100% G Shit - Dubee
Something someone supposedly said
“Just keep moving forward and don’t give a shit what anyone thinks. Do what you have to do, for you.” - Johnny Depp