[Ads-l] Early newspaper sightings of "(bull)shit"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 2 23:59:05 UTC 2015

Ben: Back in March 2014 I posted a February 1914 instance of "bull
shit" used as an expletive ( I think) from a Congressional Hearing.
Perhaps you omitted it because it was not in a newspaper or not
interesting enough though you do include some other non-newspaper


Year: 1914
Title: Conditions in the Copper Mines of Michigan: Hearings Before a
Subcommittee of the Committee on Mines and Mining, House of
Representatives, Sixty-Third Congress, Second Session
Hearings held February 16-21, 1914
Quote Page 942


[Begin excerpt]
He kept me in the room, told me. "I am going to bust your head because
you put some bull shit in the papers." "What do you mean by that?"
[End excerpt]


On Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 5:01 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
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> The c.1910 usage of "bullshit" by T. S. Eliot is known only from a single c=
> opy of the poem in question at Yale's Beinecke Rare Book Library (in the Ez=
> ra Pound Papers).  Someday I'd like to look at the poem at Beinecke.  =0A=
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> The other early possible-usages discussed by Ben and Bonnie and Jon and Dou=
> g are fascinating.  Probably there is some kind of tradition of typesetters=
>  and the like amusing themselves through off-color tinkering with texts.=0A=
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> Getting back to literary uses of "shit," I think Hemingway was also a big u=
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> My latest post for Strong Language, a new group blog on swearing and=0A=
> taboo vocabulary, is on early appearances of "shit" and "bullshit"=0A=
> slipped into American newspapers:=0A=
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> I include Bonnie Taylor-Blake's two excellent "bullshit" discoveries=0A=
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