Do you know how a very popular word came into being used? It’s fun to know more about this expression. Fun brings merriment, cheer, delight, sunshine, distraction, plus a lot of other things.
I’ve just learned its background and can’t wait to tell you all that I have discovered. Perhaps this is exactly what you say when you’ve been provoked, distressed, surprised, or challenged by someone or something. I had a lot of fun finding its origin and I hope you do.
It’s a word even a four-year-old says and for which they may be reprimanded. It all began in the 16th and 17th centuries when goods were carried in ships. It was a time when sending dry manure in bundles to fertilize crops in other lands was common.
However, if these bundles got wet, fermentation would began. It produced methane gas below decks. When someone came along with a lantern, the gas exploded. After several ships went down, someone figured out why and from then on these bundles of manure were stamped:
Stow High in Transit.
But, don’t tell a four-year-old this words comes from an old custom. What they don’t know is that only we who are adults should be allowed to say s. . . t.
We find it to be a powerful expletive! The sound of it rings out true and clear even today for the world to see or hear. Beware, it is a good thing to yell out what can happen if you don’t stow your manure high in transit.