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Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri Sep 23 17:43:44 UTC 2011

I've always heard "shit-eating grin" (an allusion to a dog apprehended during a forbidden act?).  Would a "shit-faced grin" be a grin resulting from one's being drunk ("shit-faced")?


From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Laurence Horn [laurence.horn at YALE.EDU]
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 1:22 PM

On Sep 23, 2011, at 10:36 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote [in part]:

> The HDAS files have enough on this word to make a book.
> I've heard of "shit-scared," but never "shit-happy."

Well, there's always the "shit-faced grin", although that doesn't connote pure unadulterated joy.  For another positive locution:  I once told a girlfriend her eyes were browner than shit.  She quite properly took it as a compliment.


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