by any other name…

What’s in a name?  that which we call a rose 
By any other name would smell as sweet;

Manure An interesting fact

                                                                                    In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and as it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers,  large shipments of manure were quite common.                                                                                                                                                     

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas of course.

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 instruction ‘ Stow 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 ‘, (Stow High In Transit) 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      

It’s one of those things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmm!  
Could this be true?   
Any of you linguists out there know if this is an accurate      assessment of the origins of the word???                                                           

About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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One Response to by any other name…

  1. Merida Mikey says:

    Loved your manure bolg! 🙂

    Here's a little story that fits right in:


    An atheist was seated next to a girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.” The girl, who had just started to read her book,
    replied to the total
    stranger, “What would you want to talk about?”

    “Oh, I don't know,” said the atheist. “How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?” as he smiled smugly.

    “OK,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first.. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”

    The atheist, visibly surprised by the girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.”

    To which the girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death, when you don't know shit?”

    And then she went back to reading her book.

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