I remember encountering the phrase at least twenty years ago. Maybe longer. I definitely remember someone from Wisconsin using it. I have used it in this group, just for shits and giggles. -- Skitt (in Hayward, California) www.geocities.com/opus731/
I thought the links might give me a GIF of Kerry and Edwards, but no such luck, and no explanation either, that I could see. My brother once startled me by exclaiming "Shit & Derision", which he said was common in the Parachute Regiment. He said it was rather stronger than "Goodness Gracious".
ar...@iname.com (Murray Arnow) writes: > The origin of this "for shits and giggles" has a history of erudite > discussion: > http://snipurl.com/d0vx
As to the date, the now defunct gay magazine _Bear_ had a department called "Shits and Giggles: Items of interest" so long ago as 1990, so the phrase must have been in wide enough circulation to be available for allusion by that time. -- --- Joe Fineman jo...@verizon.net
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> As to the date, the now defunct gay magazine _Bear_ had a department > called "Shits and Giggles: Items of interest" so long ago as 1990, so > the phrase must have been in wide enough circulation to be available > for allusion by that time.
The first (misspelled) Usenet hit is 10/18/88 in comp.sys.ibm.pc:
I was running my computer with a TRS-80 PC2 Pocket Computer this way just for shits and gigles.
"Shits and grins", surprisingly, doesn't show up until a bit later, on 3/25/89 in rec.music.gaffa.
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