[Ads-l] For one's shit to stink (just like anyone else's)

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 22 12:56:04 UTC 2015


And with negative polarity, there's "think (or act like) one's shit
don't stink," dated by Green's Dictionary of Slang to 1930. GDoS also
"think one's shit smells like ice cream" (1948, The Naked and the
Dead). Outkast offered a more floral alternative in the song "Roses."

--bgz


On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 3:20 AM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>
> I don't see this idiom on the Oxford Dictionary site, Wiktionary or the
> ADS archives.
>
> Meaning - Not superior to others
>
> 1. Silke Tudor
> (http://www.sfweekly.com/sanfrancisco/the-lioness-in-winter/Content?oid=2142771)
>
> -----
> "Aw, my shit stinks just like anyone else's," grouses Calvello, running
> a heavily ornamented hand through her short platinum hair. "The key is
> to love people, to treat everyone like a human being."
> -----
>
> 2. amul566 (https://plus.google.com/106684115183676586111/posts):
>
> -----
> I'm not perfect, my shit stinks just like every one else, but this shit
> is beneath me, I'm not going fucking hold a torch to someone because of
> a fucking game dude, grow-up, everyone makes mistakes, furthermore this
> is between Bebo and Denise, let them sort it the fuck out if they want
> to, and don't drag me in to, because you ran off as soon as the gun tooted.
> -----
>
> 3. crazyfirdayman
> (http://makingsensecom.blogspot.com/2013/11/shop-at-bluewater-no-thanks-im-not.html)
>
> -----
> It makes me wonder if these wonderful individuals actually have smelly
> shit.
>
> ...
>
> Lastly, yes my shit stinks just like anyone elses.  Although I wish it
> didn't. But hell, it is good to be a normalish human being.
> -----

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