[Synoptic-L] Re: Word origin
Re: Word originon 9/12/02 7:49 PM, Ethelsdatr@... at Ethelsdatr@... wrote:
From: "Kathy Stone" <k_stone@...>
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 17:50:49 -0400
To: "Karen Lind" <ethelsdatr@...>
Subject: Word origin
Ever wonder where the word SHIT comes from? Well, here it is:
Certain types of manure used to be transported (as everything was years
ago) by ship. 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 byproduct 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 discovered
what was happening. After that, the bundles of manure were always
stamped with the term "S.H.I.T" on them which meant to the sailors to
"Ship High In Transit." In other words, 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.
Bet you didn't know the history of that word.
Neither did I. I always thought it was a golf term.
German is scheiss (sp?), Chaucer is shytte or thereabouts. Forgery is not as easy as some New Testament scholars think.