Built Like A 🧱Brick Shit House!🧱
This phrase has a number of different meanings, but originally it began around a toilet. They were outhouses.
Outhouses have been part of human civilization since ancient times.
In fact, the King of England, Edmund Ironside, was killed in 1016 whilst sitting on the privy when he was stabbed in the anus by a Viking hiding below in the pit!
LET'S JUMP TO MORE RECENT SHIT HOUSES.
The earliest outhouses were located 50 to 100 yards away from the home and were small huts that had little more than a hole in the floor. They sometimes had two wholes, One for adults and one for children.
The buildings were usually built cheaply out of odd bits of wood and were meant to be easy to move once the hole was filled with waste.
🔨FIRST THEY USED WOOD-THEN CAME BRICK! 🧱
An outhouse built out of brick, would be one that was much more well-built than usual, hence the beginning of the idiom, brick shit house.
Inside there was a bucket that caught the #2 waste and it had to be emptied daily by one lucky winner. 💩It was often used for compost.🌱
OUTHOUSE JOKES in the 1800s?
In the 1800s, outhouses were built discreetly behind homes, as the old joke goes: “too close in the summer, too far in the winter.” Sears and Roebuck and Montgomery Ward catalogs served double duty in the outhouse, as both reading material and toilet paper
We’ve come a long way baby!
You wouldn’t ask this question if you’d ever really listened to a man try to compliment a woman. (“Of course I like your outfit, honey. It really de-emphasizes your butt.”) But you have a point. When one contemplates the comely female form, “brick shithouse” isn’t the first simile that springs to mind.