Posted by ESC on October 26, 2003
In Reply to: 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.
Main Entry: 2shaft
Function: transitive verb
1 : to fit with a shaft
2 : to treat unfairly or harshly
So, what does "fit with a shaft" mean?