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posted 1/24/2008 5:41:35 PM |
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  zaralyon

Another enlightening bit of info.
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Manure: In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before commercial fertilizer's invention, so large shipments of manure were common.



It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen.



Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening.

After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the term "Ship High In Transit" on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.

Thus evolved the term "S.H.I.T ", (Ship High In Transport) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.

You probably did not know the true history of this word.

Neither did I.

I had always thought it was a golf term.


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bandengor

Jan 24 @ 5:51PM  
I thought it was a golf term too.
lifeizabitch

Jan 24 @ 6:02PM  
I am sorry to inform you that this story although colorful is another urban legend.
lifeizabitch

Jan 24 @ 6:12PM  
The noun shit derives from the Middle English shite, and then from the Old English scite, meaning "dung" and scitte, meaning "diarrhea." (Cognate word alert: scatology, scatological)

Ultimately, the word shit traces back to the Proto-Indo-European root skheid-, meaning "to split, divide, separate."

Two interesting observations I'd like to share with you: The reference to the Middle English shite is cool because this word is used today as a euphemism for shit. Moreover, the skheid definition is extremely vivid to me because to defecate is, quite literally, a separation between a person and his or her waste materials!




















onehornytoad69

Jan 24 @ 7:43PM  
No shit!?
borachone

Jan 24 @ 10:38PM  
That's enough of this shit

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