Question about a common term...

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  1. xotoxi
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    I'm sure you've hear the term "built like a brick shithouse".



    An example of it's use in a sentence would be:
    "Aaron Neville may sing like a lady...but he is build like a brick shithouse."




    My question it two-fold:
    • What is a shithouse?
    • Are shithouses made of other materials besides brick?
    Thank you for your help.
     
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    In the years before most of the people who frequent this board are experienced with, outside "out-houses" were very common, and were in effect "shit-houses", or latrines like the "porta-potties" of today.

    They were of very light wood construction, light enough to be picked up and moved to another pit when the previous one was filled to capacity, but heavy enough to resist being blown over in the wind. They had a wood floor to elevate the feet of the user above grade level, usually they had one hole for a seat, but sometimes they had two because of the hazard of male "circularity error ratio". When toilet paper was hard to get the sears catalog was a common appurtenance.

    To build one of brick would be an elaborate structure indeed, a rarity, and far more endowed than would be standard fare, not to mention it wouldn't be useful.

    So to compare a womans "build" with such a brick structure is to comment on the rarity of her visual endowments. I can't speak to the accuracy of some people's use of the phrase in the vernacular.

    BTW: You did not want to sit in one of these on Halloween night, because some pranksters might be waiting and push the outhouse over on its side with you in it.
     
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    Thanks for the info! That is excellent knowledge.

    You must be a shitologist to know all that.
     
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    I went to school to become a shitologist. I made the mistake of eating too much cheese and couldn't "pass" my final exam.

    The lab classes were interesting, though :)
     
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    No, but I am a doctor of horse-shit. I took a look at Aaron Neville's image, and it appears that the phrase is now applied to males as well as females. He's a very stocky guy. Back in that day you wouldn't have heard it, but who knows? While a few gals might have used it, a man wouldn't have used it in reference to another male. But you probably know that we were more sensitive about such issues back then.
     
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    I have my Master's degree in bull-shit.
     
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    what was your thesis topic....
     
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    Why bother asking... he'll just bull shit ya... :lol:
     
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    I remember using outhouses....I hated them, especially at night. What I could never understand was my aunt's two seater.......why two seats? I am not sitting there with a friend.
     
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    I used one as well. My father's parents didn't have indoor plumbing in the old farm house. Used the ole Sears catalog for wipe too.
     

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