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Posted by R. Berg on November 29, 2001

In Reply to: Re: S**tload posted by Gary Martin on November 28, 2001

: : I have heard (and used) the term shitload. How much or what is a shitload? A friend of mine and I decided (jokingly) that it is thriteen. Any ideas?

: This seems to have come into wide use in the UK an the past few years, although I can recall it from the 1960s and may be much earlier. The bowdlerised version is shedload and this crops up in TV comedies before 9pm etc.

: How much? Lots; many shovelfulls.

: Gary

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