different terms meaning 'you're fired'

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different terms meaning 'you're fired'

Post by Archived Topic » Wed Oct 13, 2004 6:15 am

Nathan/fresno,ca/usa

I know there are terms used when someone gets fired - "getting the pink slip", etc. I need to know the background of the word "sh** canned". I don't don't mean to be vulgar...i did check in your archives, but i didn't see the word at all. Please help. Thanks...
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different terms meaning 'you're fired'

Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 6:29 am

how about "no more pay check":)
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 6:44 am

Nathan, The verb ‘shitcan’ is of fairly recent vintage, but it not only means to fire but also to discard, stop, throw away, abandon a course action. The expression first appeared in the 1970s and is of Australian/U.S. origin. It is said to derive from the nouns ‘refuse can’ or ‘toilet bowl,’ ‘outhouse’ So to get ‘shit canned’ (or ‘to get can’ for short) conjures up the image of being thrown in the garbage or tossed into the toilet bowl as refuse, which is kind of the way one might feel upon being fired. <“If it rained before he entered the tunnel, he would have to shitcan his plans—Easyriders [the magazine not the movie]> <I’d already kind of shitcanned the idea—Stephen King>.

Note: Interestingly enough, neither of the two sources I used for the above, ‘Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang’ and ‘Chapman’s Dictionary of American’ explicitly mention ‘being fired’ as a definition of ‘shitcan.’ But anyone who has spent any time in the work force knows full well they have both made a glaring omission!
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 6:58 am

In third line that should read (or ‘to get canned’ for short).
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 7:13 am

But being "flushed with success" is an altogether different experience.
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 7:27 am

"Hit the road Jack & Dont come back no more, no more."
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 7:41 am

And a ‘foreflusher’ is one who quits before they get fired!
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 7:56 am

...Flushing Meadows? ... Perhaps best not to go there.
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 8:10 am

pink slipped
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 8:25 am

SHUT THE HELL UP
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