Nautical etymology

I was thinking about extreme measures in common usage.  Measures like boatload and shitload, for example.  Which is bigger?  I really don’t know how much is in a shitload of rubbish, do you?

Anyway, I figured that perhaps shitload was originally shipload.  This would make sense, as a ship is bigger than a boat (just like a boulder is bigger than a rock.)  The term boatload referred to a relatively small quantity of stuff, and shipload referred to a larger quantity. I’d like to see us go back to the original terms, as they are far more acceptable for use in good company.

I’m glad that’s cleared up.