Monday, August 21, 2006


Along the lines of Caroline's recent post, I suggest the Web 2.0 Bullshit Generator. It'll help you reinvent semantic platforms.

And speaking of bullshit, shit has a rather interesting etymology:
Scholars trace the word back to Old Norse origin (skīta), and it is virtually certain that it was used in some form by preliterate Germanic tribes at the time of the Roman Empire. It was originally adopted into Old English as scitte, eventually morphing into Middle English schītte. The word may be further traced to Proto-Germanic *skit-, and ultimately to Proto-Indo-European *skheid-, "split, divide, separate" (cf. Lithuanian šūdas ["shit"]). Conceptually, it refers to that part of the body (the excrement), which is "divided" from the rest of the body. It is related to the verb "to shed" (as in, "to shed one's skin"), "to shoot", and other words in common English usage.
Perhaps coincidentally, bull also traces from Old Norse. Thus begs the question, did the Vikings invent bullshit? Think about that next time you're taking a divide.

Shit [Wikipedia]

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:: posted by David, 2:02 PM


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