Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shit! excl.

also great shit! lizard shit! shit and onions! shit and piss! shit on rye! shit on toast! shitty! snakeshit!
[shit n. (1a)]

1. an excl. of fury, irritation, disappointment.

Actionable Offenses ‘Slim Hadley on a Racket’ (2007) [cylinder recording ENMS 30184] ‘Give me a little girl with big titties and a wide arse’ ‘All right. Maud! Maud!’ [In distance] ‘What?’ ‘Gentleman in the parlor’ ‘All right, I’ll be down in a minute [conjectural--voice indistinct]’ ‘Shit, every old cunt’s named Maude’.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 705: I was coming for about 5 minutes with my legs round him I had to hug him after O Lord I wanted to shout out all sorts of things fuck or shit or anything at all.
[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 162: Oh, shitty [...] he’s shit the bed.
[US] letter 28 Jan. in P. Jay Sel. Correspondence of Burke and Cowley (1990) 134: Shit, Kenneth, since when have you become a furniture salesman.
[US]E. Hemingway letter 31 Oct. in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 311: God it would be fine to walk in and ask a few questions and then say ‘Shit, Sir I do believe you are mistaken!’.
[US](con. 1917) ‘W.W. Windstaff’ ‘A Flier’s War’ in Longstreet Canvas Falcons (1970) 289: I prayed ohshitandpiss, if I get it now, give it to me a fast one right through my brain.
[US](con. 1919) Dos Passos Nineteen Nineteen in USA (1966) 479: Turns out the sonofabitch was a dick. S––t I was scared pissless.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 107: Ah, well, shit! I’m going to talk a walk.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 118: ‘Shit!’ Brown said.
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 859: ‘Shit!’ old Pete said disgustedly in a low voice.
[Can]M. Richler Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1964) 275: Shit [...] I’m always putting my foot in it.
[US]L. McMurtry Horseman, Pass By (1997) 152: ‘Oh, snakeshit,’ Hud said.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 26 May in Proud Highway (1997) 339: Great shit I was just stung on the neck by a bug twice the size of that beetle.
[US]C. Cooper Jr ‘Not We Many’ in Black! (1996) 325: You think [...] you could get more’n a handful of people to throw ’way that hard work? Boy, shit!
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn 256: Shit. Almost 26 and whatave I got?
[US]D. Goines Street Players 21: Shit, every time one of his broads gets busted, they take the weight themselves.
[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (1976) 23: Oh, lizard shit!
[US]E. Bunker Animal Factory 12: Shit! Give ’em a chance and all they’ll find of you is shoelaces and a belt-buckle.
[UK]P. Theroux Picture Palace 53: ‘Shet,’ she said, ‘there’s a fat black old rat in there.’.
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 32: Shit on rye.
[US]T. O’Brien Going After Cacciato (1980) 252: Sheeet [...] You hear that?
[Ire](con. 1930s–50s) E. Mac Thomáis Janey Mack, Me Shirt is Black 134: ‘Shit and onions,’ said I.
[US]S. King Christine 472: Shit on toast, there I go again.
[Aus]T. Winton That Eye, The Sky 51: He’s good! Good! Crap! Turd! Shit! He’s good, you hear me?
[WI]M. Montague Dread Culture 135: Looking through the peephole she saw her social worker. ‘Shit,’ Heather hissed and opened the door.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Mud Crab Boogie (2013) [ebook] Shit! I don’t believe it.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 26: Shit! Two sets! He hadn’t actually got around to telling the boys about that one, yet.
[US]Indianapolis Star (IN) 15 Apr. 73/2: After finding he couldn’t open his toy, his son blurted out, ‘Oh shit’.
[US]Baltimore Sun (MD) 7 May T11/1: What? I gotta walk away from my car [...] to my destination? Shit!
[UK]‘Aidan Truhen’ Price You Pay 20: Thing is Jack people get crazy waiting for old folks to die. When you’re young you think shit: grandpa can’t hang on long past seventy.
[UK]M. Herron Secret Hours 111: But hell – no, shit – it wasn’t fair. It wasn’t fucking fair.
[US](con. 1962) J. Ellroy Enchanters 371: Eddie fumbled picks at the door lock. Shit — none of them fit.

2. a general excl. of emphasis, usu. implying approval.

[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 705: I was coming for about 5 minutes with my legs round him I had to hug him after O Lord I wanted to shout out all sorts of things fuck or shit or anything at all.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 114: Shit, this is a good room isn’t it?
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 201: Shi-i-i-it, Ah like that little ole gal in Kansas better anyway.
[US]A. Anderson ‘Big Boy’ in Lover Man 52: ‘Sheeeit,’ Blue Juice said.
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn 12: Shit, thats the sharpest job on the road.
[US]P. Hamill Flesh and Blood (1978) 64: ‘Oh shit,’ Kirk says. ‘Oh sweet shit.’.
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 206: ‘Well, shit,’ he said.
[Aus]J. Byrell Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 207: ‘I mean, Scholar, shit it won’t be anything poncy’ .
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 75: Shit, drugs went hand in hand with rock, didn’t they?
[UK]Guardian Rev. 23 July 3: I had occasionally responded to his tall stories with an admiring ‘Shit!’.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 11: He’d givin it a large dose of the old ‘Shit, man, why didn’t you tell me you were an acquaintance of Mister Morty. I’m very, very sorry’.
[Aus]C. Hammer Silver [ebook] Poulos rubs his hands together [...] ‘The Supreme Court. Shit, man, that’s the big time’.

3. nonsense! rubbish!

[US]E. Hemingway letter 22 Apr. in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 158: He’s claiming to be a drinker now. Remember how he vomited all over Pamplona? Drinker? Shit.
[US](con. 1917) ‘W.W. Windstaff’ ‘A Flier’s War’ in Longstreet Canvas Falcons (1970) 273: So romantic ... oh shit and piss.
[US]E. Hemingway letter 8 Oct. in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 263: Shit I’ll say that’s not hard.
[US]J.T. Farrell World I Never Made 169: Oh, he is such a good husband, such a fine man! Shit!
[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 165: ‘I’m sorry, brother Lion,’ say, ‘I apologize.’ / The Lion says, ‘Apologize, shit.’.
[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 107: ‘Why don’t you tell them?’ Erlenmeyer suggested. ‘Shit, they know I lie.’.
[US]D. Goines Street Players 20: ‘Shit!’ Charles said loudly. ‘It was the Caddie, baby, that’s what it was.’.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 74: The housing on the east side — shit!
[US]D.R. Pollock Devil All the Time 34: Roy walked out of the bedroom convinced that he could raise the dead. ‘Shit, you’re just a loony,’ Theodore said.

4. an excl. of amazement, disbelief.

[US]H. Roth Call It Sleep (1977) 414: Shit, no, I says I boins ’em out.
[US]Kerouac letter 8 Feb. in Charters I (1995) 338: Neal is saying ‘Sh-h-h-it’.
[UK]G.F. Newman You Flash Bastard 183: The woman was under the impression that Sneed, like most policemen, was fairly straight, and decent. Shit! Did anyone really believe that any more?
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 24: She would never have said ‘Shit!’.
[Aus]P. Temple Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] He looked at his watch. ‘Shit. I’ve got to get moving’.
[UK]M. Collins Keepers of Truth 46: ‘Shit, was he ever alive?’ Ronny Lawton laughed wryly.
[UK]L. Theroux Call of the Weird (2006) 151: ‘What if I was Jewish?’ ‘Shit! Are ya?’.
[Aus]me-stepmums-too-fuckin-hot-mate at 🌐 Shit! These are Kasumi’s knickers!

In exclamations

oh shit!

(orig. US) a general excl. of surprise with undertones of dismay.

[US] in T.P. Lowry Stories the Soldiers Wouldn’t Tell (1994) 44: [When ordered to fall in for dress parade, he told his sergeant] ‘Oh, shit, I cannot’.
L. Bogan ‘Shave ’Em Dry’ (2nd ver.) 🎵 Your goddamn asshole stands open like a church door / [laughing] And the crabs walk in like people (Ow shit!) .
[UK]P. Larkin letter 19 Sept. in Thwaite Sel. Letters (1992) 44: Oh shit!
[UK]C. MacInnes Absolute Beginners 108: Oh s—t! [...] Will no one ever take my ideas seriously?
[UK]S. Berkoff East in Decadence and Other Plays , (1985) 50: Oh shit . . . swerp . . . ugh . . . AAAAAARH.
[UK]S. Berkoff Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays , (1985) 35: Oh shit, I can’t move.
[Aus]B. Ellem Doing Time app. C 243: Of a night you can hear the screws walking up and down and then [...] you will hear them talking to a prisoner, and you think, oh shit, I wonder what that’s for?
[UK]Guardian Weekend 19 June 75: Oh God! I’m too smartly dressed! I’m way too smart! Oh shit!
[US]W. Shaw Westsiders 7: Oh shit! thought Cube.
[US]Balimore Sun (MD) 3 June T23/4: ‘Oh shit, y’all go to the movies?’ Poot asks.
shit and derision!

a general excl. of annoyance.

[UK]P. Theroux Picture Palace 49: I said what I had to and hoped they would see: ‘Shit and derision!’.
at 12 Dec. 🌐 Hence, my overall rating for my masters is 74.5 ... shit and derision ... so close to a Distinction average ... and yet so far.
shit biscuit!

general excl. of surprise.

L.J. Davis A Meaningful Life 205: ‘Shit biscuit, [...] Jesus Christ Almighty, it looks like somebody slaughtered a hog in here!’.
shit, eh!

(Aus.) an excl. of moderate astonishment or irony.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1053/2: since ca. 1945.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 14: SHANE: Just some blonde tart I conned up at Selina's. Top sort. GAZZA: Shit eh? SHANE: Yeah, all over me like a rash, she was.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 101/1: shit, eh? mild, maybe ironic, astonishment; eg ‘Is that so? Shit, eh?’ c.1945.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].