Posted by Bob on July 09, 2000
In Reply to: Re: Shinola...Rated R posted by Kevin on July 08, 2000
: : : Anyone ever hear of the phrase "from here to Shiola" or "Shit from Shiola" ??
: : I don't know about the first phrase. But the second is "You don't know sh*t from Shinola." "Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner" by Geneva Smitherman (Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1994) states: "Sh*t from Shinola. See 'Ass from a hole in the ground.' 'Oh, no, I ain no fool by a long shot. I can tell sh*t from Shinola.' 'Shinola' is a brand name for an inexpensive and very stron-smelling liquid shoe polish that once was widely used because it was cheap."
And the old joke goes... (I seem to be reminded of old jokes a lot lately...) Do you know what happened to the Indian who didn't know sh*t from Shinola? (No....) Well, nothing happened to him, but you should see his moccasins....