Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 16 20:36:33 UTC 2011

Cf. also _boatload_, possibly < _buttload_ < _shitload_.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 3:12 PM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at> wrote:
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> A student just reported on a test that the Elizabethan age produced a "shipload" of sonnets.
> "Shitload" (or "shit load") is well attested, with millions of Google hits, in the sense of 'immense quantity'.
> Google shows quite a number of instances of "shipload" in that sense, decorum possibly encouraging a mishearing.
> --Charlie
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