Friday, August 26, 2011

Shit Show

It has come to my attention that many people over the age of hmm....40, don't know the phrase "shit show" and what that means.

For example, after explaining, in one sentence, the evening events of my 10 year high school reunion to Phil (my FIL - father in law) he was a bit perplexed. "Shit show?" said he. "Shit show, yes," I explained.

So, after explaining to him what exactly that entailed, I would like to inform all the readers out there exactly what those words mean. It really is a great phrase that wraps up a lot into two little words.

Okay, "shit show" is a descriptive term to explain how a situation became/was frantic or ridiculous. For example, let's say you start out an evening eating dinner, having a lovely time and then, BAM, the waitress spills a full bowl of soup on your dress. After you get semi-cleaned, an old chum finds you and tells/yells at you all about his/her new life as a divorcee. Then, you decide to leave only to realize your car won't start and your dog shit in the back seat (although, no shit actually has to occur for it to be labeled as "shit show). You get home just ready to crash into bed but alas, your cat pissed all over the bed because, well, who f-ing knows (it isn't a urinary tract infection). *Or if you are an actual adult that doesn't just own animals, let's say your babysitter didn't actually put the kids to bed and they built a fort blocking the entire hallway to your bedroom.* So instead of sleeping in bed (because it either has piss on it or you are too exhausted to find the way in after putting the little shits to bed), you just open a sleeping bag and fall asleep. (The individual events in this story may, or may not, be things that actually happened in my life.) 

The next morning, you would call your sister and she would ask how your date night went. You would sigh and say, "It was definitely a shit show." You could then proceed to explain all the events or she would just know that it was exhausting and probably slightly funny.

Shit shows are usually something you end up laughing about though because they are so ridiculous and you feel so overwhelmed that you don't know what else to do.

They have happened a lot in our household: here, here, here, and here.

Hopefully you experienced at least 10 shit shows in your lifetime. While they are annoying, they provide good stories and remind you that, well, shit happens.


The Momma said...

Wish I could use this phrase at work with my colleagues because based on your definition and detailed multiple examples, that is the perfect descriptor for how we are functioning in my work setting at this time. Thanks for the ray of hope that someday I might actually find it humorous instead of just depressing. How wonderful that you support and participate in continuing education for the elderly. In fact, I think I will use the term at work because then people will think I'm cool, I mean rad, oh geez I don't know the right term to use which definitely makes me NOT whatever the word is. You're not a very good teacher though since I still don't understand that I'm only supposed to reply to a post in 5 words or less.

Jenny said...

Hilarious! Love it!


The MOB said...

The perfect definition. Maybe you should be a dictionary author.

TheAnut said...

Could you also define 'bat s**t crazy' and 'crazypants' for those of seriously over 40?