Posted by R. Berg on April 19, 2003

In Reply to: **** posted by **** stabber on April 18, 2003

: where did **** come from?

From Old English "schite" (and similar spellings), originally as a verb meaning to defecate. It's been traced as far back as the proto-Indo-European root "skei-," to cut, split, also responsible for "science," "omniscient," "conscience," and lots of other words. Defecation is a kind of separation: the material passed leaves one's body..