history of a word...

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by woodycrest, Aug 17, 2004.

  1. woodycrest

    woodycrest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 435

    got this by email today...not sure where it orginated, but it is certainly appropriate for an organic forum :)
    No doubt a well used term on the golf course...


    In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and 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 " , (Ship High In Transport) 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.
    Neither did I. I thought it was a Golf Term"
  2. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    Now the big question is....
    Before the 16th century what did they say when the had to take a SHI*:confused:
  3. jaybird

    jaybird LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    it all makes the grass grow green in the spring.

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