More old GI slang

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Apr 3 11:21:47 UTC 2006

No literary evidence of this phrase has surfaced.


"Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET> wrote:
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>"You live in shit!"
>Back in the late '50's and the early '60's, this phrase, with
>sentential stress on "shit," was used by white GI's to
>congratulate a person who'd unexpectedly had something
>especially good happen to him, such as being assigned
>to T[emporary]D[ut]Y, which both lowered one's work load and
>simultaneously raised one's pay.
>IAC, I've never been able to figure out the semantic reanalysis
>necessary to use something really bad to describle something
>really good. Of course, I realize that "bad" can mean "good."

Maybe this is a version of "happy as a pig in shit"/"like pigs in shit"/etc.?

-- Doug Wilson

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