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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-18-2003, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Shipping manure

Not really a joke, but the most appropriate forum.

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.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-18-2003, 10:37 PM
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I wonder if that is true..it is interesting though..
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-19-2003, 01:20 PM
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I wonder if that is true..it is interesting though..
It could be. In the 1500's there was no word for Rape in England. It became an issue when a man (I don't remember his name) was arrested for rape. He was charged with "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" F.U.C.K. and that is where it came from.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-19-2003, 03:44 PM
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First of all, I'd always heard Force Unadulterated Carnal Knowledge, but from www.dictionary.com:

Word History: The obscenity fuck is a very old word and has been considered shocking from the first, though it is seen in print much more often now than in the past. Its first known occurrence, in code because of its unacceptability, is in a poem composed in a mixture of Latin and English sometime before 1500. The poem, which satirizes the Carmelite friars of Cambridge, England, takes its title, “Flen flyys,” from the first words of its opening line, “Flen, flyys, and freris,” that is, “fleas, flies, and friars.” The line that contains fuck reads “Non sunt in coeli, quia gxddbov xxkxzt pg ifmk.” The Latin words “Non sunt in coeli, quia,” mean “they [the friars] are not in heaven, since.” The code “gxddbov xxkxzt pg ifmk” is easily broken by simply substituting the preceding letter in the alphabet, keeping in mind differences in the alphabet and in spelling between then and now: i was then used for both i and j; v was used for both u and v; and vv was used for w. This yields “fvccant [a fake Latin form] vvivys of heli.” The whole thus reads in translation: “They are not in heaven because they fuck wives of Ely [a town near Cambridge].”


Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


as for the S.H.I.T. story...
here's a link discussing it...
http://phrases.shu.ac.uk/bulletin_bo...ages/1006.html
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i heard that fornication in some ways was legal, so it was
Fornicating Under Consent of the King

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-22-2003, 06:41 PM
Golf anyone?
 
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I call bullshit on all these stories.
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