In general, it's generally accepted that men use more profanity than do women. Especially the so-called F-word and some of the others.
Moreover, there is their curious use of the word shit in a context unrelated to fecal matter, as in these contexts:
"I need to get my shit together and move in the dorm tomorrow."
"Brenda kicked me out of the apartment and threw all my shit in the apartment pool." Describing the denouement of a domestic disagreement between roommates.
In other words, these guys verbally equate their possessions with fecal waste.
Now this is not an individual linguistic quirk; but one that many guys use. Contrariwise, I have never encountered a girl or women use the word shit in that context. Try this on:
"I need to move my shit into the sorority house this weekend." Huh?
Is this a sign that men are less comfortable with the fact that they have possessions, or are they positively burdened with the fact of their presence?
Let's face it: most guys are not into extensive care of clothing, ironing, and the like. And many of their things require maintenance.
Is that why they refer to their 'stuff' as their 'shit"? Is it out of peevishness?
Well, I am out on a limb with this one. Obviously, in addition to the possible sex difference is this vocabulary term, are their regional or age-graded differences as well? My experience is largely based on Southerners of the same approximate age as myself. Do Yankee guys refer to their possessions as shit?
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