The OED wants you
Posted by R. Berg on November 29, 2001
In Reply to: S**tload posted by Gary Martin on November 28, 2001
: : I have heard (and used) the term ****load. How much or what is a ****load? A friend of mine and I decided (jokingly) that it is thriteen. Any ideas?
: This seems to have come into wide use in the UK an the past few years, although I can recall it from the 1960s and may be much earlier. The bowdlerised version is shedload and this crops up in TV comedies before 9pm etc.
: How much? Lots; many shovelfulls.
Oxford English Dictionary would like to hear from anyone who can provide a print
(not Internet) example of the use of "s**tload" before 1972, with documentation.
The link below goes to the list of words and phrases for which they're soliciting evidence;
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