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Re: Fit with a shaft

Posted by ESC on October 26, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Origins of the word "shafted" posted by R. Berg on October 26, 2003

: : Recently heard this being used in a speech and my wife and I disagreed as to whether this was an offensive term or not. It's was used as an equivalent to "getting the short end of the stick." For some reason I felt it was more of a prison slang term with sexual connotations. Any ideas?

: "Short end of the stick" has the same connotations for those aware of its origin, so if one term is offensive in a given context, then both are.

Merriam-Webster says:

Main Entry: 2shaft
Function: transitive verb
Date: 1611
1 : to fit with a shaft
2 : to treat unfairly or harshly

So, what does "fit with a shaft" mean?