I went back to physical church this past Sunday after one year and four months of watching the weekly service online. It was weird – the smaller attendance, the lack of the usual treats and coffee that were always present, and saying hello to people I had not seen since I was last inside the building.
One of those people was Brenda, who is a very sweet soul and who I have helped with volunteer opportunities in the past. On Sunday, we chatted and finally realized that we would both be absent on a day in August when we were supposed to lead children in outdoor games.
Out of my mouth…
After I quickly said, “Forgive my French,” Brenda responded with something like, “That’s okay, who knows where swear words come from anyhow.” She said this as if it were an excuse, but in reality, it was her acceptance of the fact that sometimes I say naughty words.
I was forgiven and still, I had to look up this swear word’s history. From Mashable:
“We have Old English to thank for one of the most commonly used swear words in the United States. Old English words such as scite (dung), scitte (diarrhea) and scitan (to defecate), all rooted in the Proto-Germanic skit-, evolved into Middle English schitte (excrement) and shiten (to defecate). It then evolved some more to the word we know and love today.
According to OED, “sh*t” has been used to mean an “obnoxious person” since 1508. The dictionary also has a list of common phrases involving “sh*t” and the approximate year they were first used. Here is some of what they found in their research:
- 1922: “not give a sh*t”
- 1937: “up sh*t creek”
- 1942: “sh*t list”
- 1960s: “sh*t-faced”
- 1989: “same sh*t different day”
So, there you have it. An origin story and the hefty use of an asterik in the hopes that someone above forgives me too.
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