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Etymology Merda represents Indo-European *s-merd-, whose root sense was likely "something malodorous." It is cognate with German Mist (dung), Russian "смердеть" ("to stink") and Polish śmierdzieć ( "to stink").
- Sed nemo potuit tangere: merda fuit.
- But nobody could touch it: it was shit.
Synonyms and metaphors
- Suscitans a terra inopem, et de stercore erigens pauperem.
- ("He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill." KJV)