Posted by R. Berg on March 01, 2002
In Reply to: Whether to shit or go blind posted by klaren on March 01, 2002
: "He didn't know whether to shit or go blind", as a euphemism for an impossible situation. Does anyone know where this phrase came from? It has been used for at least a couple of decades in Canada.
My husband says it's a common expression meaning "He didn't know what to do" and applies equally when someone faces an insurmountable problem and when someone faces an ordinary problem but is totally incompetent. He probably heard it in the U.S. Navy, which he left in 1981.