In Defense of Shit.

Why is shit such a bad word?

At some point, someone had to make a decision that, of all the millions of words in the English language, shit is one of about five that are inherently bad.


Who decided that shit was taboo, but poop is fine? And why is crap somehow middle ground between the two. Naughtier than poop, but more acceptable than shit. How can there possibly be a continuum of badness between three words that mean the same shit?

I can at least understand where people are coming from with fuck. Fuck means something inherently adult. So society made fuck a bad word so adults can avoid explaining it to their kids.

But there’s nothing grown-up about shit.

Granted, its meaning is unpleasant. But there are certainly plenty of words that mean worse. War. Hate. Motor Vehicle Administration.

I don’t get it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go drop the kids off at the pool.

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