Here’s a slang expression that makes absolutely no sense to me. When you greatly approve of something, when you want to praise it, you say it “is the shit.” Huh?!? You express how wonderful it is by comparing it to feces—although if you actually encountered said feces, you feel extreme disgust and avoid coming in contact with it?
Let me get this straight. If your friend asks, “Hey, how was the movie?” and you answer “It is shit,” that means you thought it was contemptible and worthless. But if you say “it is the shit,” that means you thought it was excellent!
If you think your favorite food is the finest of cuisine, and say it “is the shit” — then how would you like to sit down at the table and find some actual shit on your plate? Would you relish it with gusto? I think not! This has got to be the stupidest expression I’ve ever heard.