Urban Word Wednesday: Shit Show

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Shit Show: A description of an event or situation which is characterized by a ridiculously inordinate amount of frenetic activity, disorganization and chaos to an absurd degree. A shit show is often associated with extreme ineptitude/incompetence and or sudden and unexpected failure.

Examples Of Use:

Hubby and I were waiting in line to get my favorite butter pecan latte last week; much to the amusement of the barista.

Hubby: so how was last night’s event?!?!??

Me: a total shit show! Honestly, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The right hand had no idea what the left hand was doing. Registration was a mess. Everything started late. The main speaker didn’t even show. Complete and utter shit show! The shit show of all shit shows! The magna of all shit shows! A total waste of my time.

Hubby: you really need to learn how to express yourself better…you are so reserved and unfeeling…I totally didn’t get the true “sense” of your emotions here! 

*winks at the barista who is in a fit of giggles at this point*

Me: I know…I am way to self-contained. I need to learn to let go, open up, and express how I really feel! But seriously…it was that freaking bad! Lesson learned. I won’t attend one of their events again.

Hubby: always good to know.

Ever attend a real shit show? Or worse, ever organize a shit show? An event that was jaw-droppingly disorganized, chaotic and insane? Come on…share the wealth…

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  1. winnwords says:

    Great post, Natalie! I have indeed been party to many a shit show in my time, but I somehow never had the words to describe it; now I have! 🙂 (Come to think of it, my father used to call this sort of thing, “Organized Grab-Ass.” I have NO IDEA where that term came from…probably better not to ask.)

  2. ROFL, Natalie! Your hubby was the perfect sidekick to the convo, too! I’ve been a witness/victim to many an event of that kind, but I can’t think of a fab example right now (too early in the a.m.!). Wow, butter pecan latte? WHERE can I get one of those? Love butter pecan ice cream!

    Thank you SO MUCH for the great shout-out about the Sear Catalog post! So glad you liked it!

    Have a happy Wednesday,

  3. Now this is definitely an urban dictionary term I can use! Perfect!

  4. Um, were you at my work? Because you just described it to a T. (Ok, I don’t understand that expression. But, it’s easy to spell.) I am always shaking my head and saying “handbasket” because my workplace already has the hell part down. But Shit Show is perfect! And way more fun to say. I’m totally adding this to my vocab. Thanks! 🙂

  5. Shannon Esposito says:

    Yes, but can you say it five timets really fast?? That’s even more fun *giggle* And omg…a butter pecan latte??! drool!

  6. LOL! Yup…it would be fun to be a fly on the wall when you and your husband have these conversations. As long as no one had a rolled up newspaper, dishtowel or flyswatter. I’d have loved to have seen the barista react to this…as she wass preparing me a caffeine butter pecan coffee, of course…which wouldn’t work out well if I were a fly, I suppose. 🙂

  7. This term describes my household every day. Thanks for the shout out, too. Part 2 is coming from DH, maybe later this week! (This shows you how far ahead I actually plan my blog posts!) Happy Wednesday, Natalie!

  8. What an awesome term! Yep, been to many a shit show myself. I usually just sit back and laugh about it. You’re Hubby is a riot, only second to yourself! Like Kristy said… to be a fly on the wall of your life. Seriously, I’d be so skinny just from laughing all the time. My abs would look ridiculous because they’d be so cut from all the internal crunches.

  9. I’ve been in the midst of many shit shows! Now i know what to call them! Hilarious, Natalie!

  10. You kill me. Shit-show :snort: who knew there was a term for such disasters!

  11. Aw… *hands you happy toilet paper* It’s a bummer when things don’t go as planned, or with less efficiency as we’d like. At a certain point, you just go, wow. This is so messed up, it’s funny! Surrender can be a great remedy. Or coping mechanism. 😉

  12. That descibes every work-related meeting I attend. I think I’ll introduce this concept at the next one…there’s not much left to lose! lol

  13. I haven’t heard this one yet! Hahaha! It is truly “hideous!” (=awesome!) as you know! Hahaha! I am going to ask my kids if they have heard it yet. It could be a regional thing!


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