Did you know??
In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship
and it was also before commercial fertilizer was invented, so large
shipments of manure were common..
It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when
wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became heavier, but the
process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane
gas. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what
could (and did) happen. Methane began to build up below decks and the
first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!
Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined
just what was happening. After that, the bundles of manure were always
stamped with the term "Ship High In Transit" on them which meant for the
sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water
that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start
the production of methane.
Thus evolved the term "S.H.I.T", (Ship High In Transport) which has come
down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.
You probably didn't know the true history of this word. Neither did I.
I always thought it was a golf term.