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Wonder Where Swear Words Come From ?

"Exciting Historical information you need to know about
shipping Manure:In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship. 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," 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.

And I always thought it was a golf term. Go Figure!

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-30-2003, 05:38 PM
 
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Nice.
I always dig those internet-based etymological studies... :lol
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