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kanrok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 05:29 PM
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Some English grammar assistance please.
Is the past tense of "shit" "shat" or "shitted"?

As in the sentence:
"The Chimichanga I ate last night violently re-appeared this morning and I shat my pants."

Or:
"The Chimichanga I ate last night violently re-appeared this morning and I shitted my pants."

Please help, as a pitcher of margaritas is at stake. (And likely a new pair of chinos).

Thank you.
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Sanity Claws Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 05:32 PM
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1. Incorrect usage
You shit in your pants. You shit a ton of bricks.
You shit a brick in your pants.
However, you do not shit your pants.
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SOteric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 05:33 PM
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4. Unless
you've been eating your own trousers.
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kanrok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 05:36 PM
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8. Now THAT's funny
:rofl:
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kanrok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 05:35 PM
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7. Excellent
I am ashamed of my colloquial use of "shat"
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SOteric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 05:32 PM
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2. Depends on whether you're British or American
Commonwealth countries articulate it the same as one does 'sit.'

Americans articulate it the same as one does 'hit.'

So 'sit' = sit, sat, have sat; shit, shat, have shat.

And 'hit' = hit, hit, hit; shit, shit, shit.
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dhinojosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 05:32 PM
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3. It's shat
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 05:37 PM
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10. Shat's an alternate past tense.
And sometime's it's jocular.

"Shit" is probably most common.
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kanrok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 05:43 PM
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11. Well...you truly do learn something new everyday
Shit comes from the Old English "sciten" or "bescitten" meaning "covered in excrement. Holy sciten!
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 05:33 PM
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5. I say shat.
But not often.
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 05:33 PM
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6. The nice thing about "dirty" words
is that when the grammar guardians meet at MLA meetings, discussions happen over drinks and don't usually appear in journals or conference presentation anthologies. I vote for euphony over any sense of "correctness"; that is, use what sounds good in context :-)
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 05:37 PM
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9. Poop is a better word.
Poop and Pooped.
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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 05:52 PM
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12. Take the easy route. Crapped.
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-..__... Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 07:05 PM
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13. "Soiled" would cover it also.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 07:07 PM
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14. I don't believe this topic, okay?
Edited on Mon Jun-20-05 07:07 PM by barb162
going for your PhD in English lit?
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MrSandman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 07:08 PM
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15. Disturbing, no?...nt
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kanrok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 09:17 PM
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17. Why yes!
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Orangepeel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 07:34 PM
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16. I thought that "shit" was the past tense and "shat" the past participle
I don't think "shitted" is a word :shrug:

If bush told the truth about something, I'd be so surprised that I would shit a brick.

Bush told the truth about something and I was so surprised that I nearly shit a brick*

If I had heard that bush told the truth about something, I would have been so surprised I would have shat a brick.


*note: this statement is a fantasy prepared for illustrative purposes only. Bush never told the truth about anything
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tarkus Donating Member (780 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 09:53 PM
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18. Just use whatever you want.
If enough people start to use it, it will become correct after a while.

I don't understand people's obsession over the authority of the dictionary. The job of the dictionary is to document what people do say, not what some higher power thinks they are supposed to say.

So stand up and say shit or shat or cat or whatever! I wouldn't recomment shitted though, it just doesn't really work in my important opinion.
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