In Reply to: Sootin(g) the shit posted by Roy on May 24, 2010 at 12:37:
: Here in New England, one often hears the phrase "shootin(g) the shit" to mean casual, meandering chat. Any ideas where it came from?
It has become almost a cliché to say that phrases like this come from the armed forces in World War II. Still, I remember hearing the phrase after the war, but not before. I suppose it sounds more colorful than shooting the breeze or chewing the fat. Shooting your mouth off doesn't have the same meaning, but it's undoubtedly a colorful phrase.