A woman who I was talking to recently called me a shit disturber based on looking at my site.
I didn’t know what it meant so I looked it up.
The term is Canadian. In Canada a few years back, an antisocial habit developed among some folks, probably teenage boys and young men, of disturbing people who were on the toilets in public defecating behind closed doors. When you are sitting there doing that, you are vulnerable, as you cannot get up and do much of anything. Your pants are down, you are behind that wall, and you may be in the midst of a big shit. You’re pretty much stuck on that toilet, let’s face it.
Well, these antisocial youngsters started doing things like throwing objects over the wall into the toilet where the people were defecating. They might toss some wet paper towels rolled into a ball, let’s say. They would throw it over the wall to try to hit the person sitting on the can. The guy on the toilet would often cry out, but the offenders would be long gone, and the guy on the toilet could hardly get up and confront or chase them. As the person on the toilet was taking a shit (in slang) at the time they were assaulted by this prankster, these hooligans soon became known as “shit disturbers” because they were disturbing people who are in the midst of taking a shit.
Bet you never knew that! Aren’t you glad you learned this odd fact?
On the other hand, it also has an extended meaning. I looked it up, and here is what I came up with:
Shit disturber: One who enjoys creating trouble for others by provoking controversy, for example by revealing facts that others would prefer to keep secret. A person who takes pleasure in causing trouble or discord. One who adds fire to oil during peacetime to create trouble. Someone who tries to cause or increase unfriendly feelings or arguments between people. A person who voices or encourages a viewpoint opposed to the status quo; an iconoclast. To deliberately cause trouble. To cause unrest or dissent…
…A person who enjoys causing controversy or upsetting people. A person who causes needless difficulties or distress for others; a troublemaker. A person who enjoys creating fights or causing trouble. Someone who aggressively and actively agitates or escalates a situation, dialog, or event. A person who because of their very nature, insults random people, picks fights, and likes to stir up trouble. Someone who stirs up drama, usually for no valid reason whatsoever. Somebody who just can’t mind their own damn business and stirs up trouble. Anytime there’s a tenuous peace existing and it looks like a conflict is about to blow over or has come and gone, expect some shit disturber to go and re-stoke the fires. A person who will at any cost go out of their to annoy and irritate people.
I am not sure if I should take pride in this or not. So is this me?
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We Canadians also use it to mean someone who is an irreverent iconoclast, but in a way that is borderline antisocial; sometimes there’s a hint of reserved admiration when someone calls you a shit disturber.
That’s why we have cameras. Possibly the toilet bandits will be caught!
I mean, where isn’t there security cameras these days?