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stop calling things “the shit”

This is a public service announcement. Please stop using the words ‘the shit’ to describe things that are not poop. Yeah, you know who you are.

“You got the shit?” someone who thinks they’re cool says as their friend walks through the door.

“Yeah, I got the shit.” responds the friend who also has very poor taste in vocabulary.

Remember that movie Idiocracy? It is supposed to be a satire, but I see clear signs that society is on a slippery slope towards that being our reality. I’m worried about our collective future.

I’m disturbed that people are using the words ‘the shit’ with a positive connotation. Am I the only one? I know what shit means. If I allow myself to think about it for more than, say, half of a second, a very clear picture comes to mind. Not in a good way. Because it’s shit.

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Mostly people use this four letter S-word in the place of the word ‘stuff’. Yes, it starts with an S and yes, it is a single syllable. But it does not sound cooler to say something is ‘the shit’. That is equating said object with things that stink up the bathroom and things that I need a hose to clean off of my shoe.

And what’s worse is anyone who says, “I’m the shit.” If that’s true, why in the world would you want to share that information? Okay fine, you’re the shit. Could you please hand me that hose?

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68 comments on “stop calling things “the shit”

  1. nanarhonda
    January 4, 2015

    Well done on that word… now can we do away with the one that begins with F?
    Thank you for visiting and following my blog! I will follow back! πŸ™‚

    God bless,
    Rhonda aka nanarhonda

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  2. dbp49
    November 18, 2014

    I read somewhere that almost all civilizations had their ultimate collapse heralded by gladiatorial-type games, eg. Rome. With the advent of the ever more popular Ultimate Fighting Competitions, we have now reached that particular stage in our development. Shall I say, “It’s been nice knowing you all.” Lol.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 18, 2014

      The exploitation of natural resources doesn’t bode too well for our ‘civilization’ either.

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  3. PsiFiGal
    November 18, 2014

    Guilty as charged I’m afraid. I don’t do it a lot, but I have. Way way back in the stone age when I was very young and we smoked some really good weed, we would say “This is some good shit, man.” Don’t smoke it anymore, but I am thinking about getting a medical prescription for my MS, I am still checking out the pros and cons… Anyway, I miss those days, sometimes. I agree with you 100% that the movie is coming true, sad to say. I was talking (writing) with a fellow blogger about this just the other day but I can’t remember who it was, hee hee, maybe I shouldn’t get that prescription, my memory is bad now…

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  4. mumtazsm
    November 17, 2014

    Lol well done for this

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  5. mojoshawn
    November 17, 2014

    Or “shiz”, “shizzle”, “shite” or any other substitution! “I’m the shit!’ Or really, that’s what Hankey the Christmas Poo would possibly exclaim on South Park. Not a character to with I would personally feel simpatico.

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  6. cloeyk
    November 16, 2014

    This post is the shit! Just wait soon the phrase will be in the dictionary. Haha

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  7. Elyse
    November 16, 2014

    I am a poop expert. I agree. Some shit just should not be described that way.

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  8. khalkinised
    November 16, 2014

    Hahaha. A very funny post.

    Up pops countless memories of Jerry Springer and “I’m the shit”, “No, you ain’t shit, fool” followed by the one woman with the other’s weave in her hand.

    Great sharing. Thanks!! πŸ™‚

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  9. Glynis Jolly
    November 16, 2014

    BRAVO! The vocabulary of our society has become so limited. Is life really that boring to so many that we’ve become lazy with our spoken and written expression?

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 16, 2014

      I’ve heard that the new smart phone updates allow users to pick from pre-written text message responses rather than type the words themselves. This level of laziness frightens me.

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  10. christal93blog
    November 16, 2014

    Made me laugh because its so true and there are so many more words that’s used incorrectly too :).

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 16, 2014

      Well language is constantly evolving and that’s okay. I’d just like it to evolve to be more intelligent, not less so, you know?

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  11. Kerri as Herself
    November 16, 2014

    Guilty 😦 haha

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  12. Vidhya
    November 15, 2014

    People use the ‘F’ word too in the same way. It’s like a filler word in a sentence. Saw that ‘style’
    in the movie Wolf of Wall Street.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 16, 2014

      That one doesn’t bother me really, but I guess given what I wrote about, I can relate to how it could bother other people in the same way.

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  13. christianliving2014
    November 15, 2014

    I agree! Thank you for sharing!

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  14. divorcedandsingleblog
    November 15, 2014

    I noticed that it’s mostly American way to describe things. I hang out with quite a lot of them and they do it all the time. As a non-native speaker, I find it pretty amusing. I think it suits american accent, but I know where you’re coming from.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 15, 2014

      Maybe I would find it amusing too, if it wasn’t my native language. ? I don’t know, though.

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  15. Jon Gilbert
    November 15, 2014

    I’ve been accused of being such a grammar cop. However, while I agree with you on this one, I’m guilty of saying it myself.

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  16. Carl D'Agostino
    November 15, 2014

    Me an my dawgs loved it – the bomb. ooops, spoze bomb ain’t no good neither nohow.

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  17. Project Easier
    November 15, 2014

    Question, what if it’s said ironically or sarcastically–poking fun at peeps who would say that? Ok. Moving along. Great movie red. And great technique: public service announcement. This post is the…well it’s good.

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  18. Inthegazeoftheother
    November 15, 2014

    The idiocracy I am most afraid of has little to do with words that evoke the bathroom. I’m more despondent over the multitudes who do not read beyond the soundbites on “news” sources and social media sites. These people vote!! ((shiver))

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  19. mjmsprt40
    November 15, 2014

    I have a high-pressure hose and I’m not afraid to use it! Don’t be leaving that smelly stuff here.

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    • mjmsprt40
      November 15, 2014

      Oh, yeah– just in case someone does REALLY have that, the restroom is down the hall, first door on the left. Can’t miss it.

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      • thehonkinggoose
        November 15, 2014

        When my kids use potty language I tell them to stop, or go in the bathroom and talk about it. πŸ™‚

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  20. Marissa Bergen
    November 15, 2014

    A good one, along with a laundry list of others.

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  21. lovessiamese
    November 15, 2014

    Thank you for this post. Yes, it’s a free country, and we have the freedom of speech, but if we’re so intellingent why can’t we find ways to express ourselves without resorting to potty or bedroom words? And please don’t put my God down. If you don’t like Him, that’s okay. He doesn’t force anyone, but everything isn’t His fault, and He isn’t a cuss word. My pet peeve along with f-bombs and related words.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 15, 2014

      The word God is so thoroughly entrenched in our English vernacular that I find myself saying it (or even more often just thinking it) even though it is not particularly meaningful to me. it is a very strong habit.

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    • nanarhonda
      January 4, 2015

      AMEN!

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  22. thebeautifiedblogger
    November 15, 2014

    Thank you! Totally agree!

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  23. deepbluesandseafoamgreens
    November 15, 2014

    What thinketh you of its somewhat alternative “shiz”

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  24. John
    November 15, 2014

    I can’t agree withyou more, that is all I can say in this space without it turning – downward. Good points!!

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  25. lbeth1950
    November 15, 2014

    Thanks. I hate that word.

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  26. stacilys
    October 8, 2014

    I literally laughed out loud on this one.
    πŸ™‚

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  27. margaretmathews
    October 5, 2014

    Another example is bae and its origin in DanishπŸ˜‘.I think its about perspective. Give that to your children,the do’s and don’ts and perspectives alongside.Do not just lay down rules.If everyone does that we can eradicate all ill ‘advancements’ of our times.Thanks for following

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 5, 2014

      I remember when I was a teenager we started saying “sucks” – this sucks or that sucks – and it bothered my mom, she told me to stop. But just a few years later, she was saying it herself. Time marches on…

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  28. NikkiHolicz
    October 5, 2014

    The Idiocracy society is already happening. I’ve said it for years, but the past couple years have been especially bad. I fear for our future. I live in the country, away from people and I only go into town when I need to. I can’t stand dealing with people anymore.

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  29. eduardodefrutos
    October 2, 2014

    I don’t understand why nowadays people tend to say words that don’t mean anything.

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  30. D.T. Nova
    October 1, 2014

    I’ve never understood it, but there’s actually a whole assortment of words whose common meaning is negative being given a slang meaning that means the opposite. In the 80s it was “bad”, and I’m fairly sure “sick” and “the bomb” are dated by now too. One reversal that actually stuck was “awesome”, which originally meant the same thing as “awful”.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 1, 2014

      awesome meant awful? I didn’t know that…

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      • PsiFiGal
        November 18, 2014

        Dictionary.com says: Awesome: 1.inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear; causing or inducing awe : an awesome sight. 2. showing or characterized by reverence, admiration, or fear; exhibiting or marked by awe. And then of course the “awesome dude” use that is here to stay.

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  31. ekpreston
    September 30, 2014

    Amen to that! It’s scary how many things are coming true that Idiocracy predicted, particularly extreme violence used as entertainment . Language changes, true. But it doesn’t mean that we can’t fight to keep it from de-evolving into a real-life Idiocracy. Thank you for the follow, and I certainly enjoyed this post.

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  32. ANONOFF
    September 27, 2014

    Some people who say it are actually offending actual shit in the process. Even shit knows it’s better than they are! Ha!

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  33. MrJohnson
    September 23, 2014

    Language is always evolving..haha. It might sound shitty now but one day ‘shit’ might not even mean ‘poo’ anymore.

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