Examples of SHTF
Examples of SHTF
Where does SHTF come from?
The expression shit hits the fan dates to at least 1930. Shit hitting the fan refers to the ultimate consequences of something turning out, well, shitty. When problems (shit) start piling up (hits the fan)—that’s when things get real.
Fun fact: One explanation suggests that the original fan in the expression was an agricultural mucker, which is basically a giant machine that sprays stuff everywhere. What an image.
We can find the expression shit hits the fan (or one of its variants, such as the solids hit the air conditioning) in general American English slang. The acronym of the expression, SHTF, is, however, associated with one particular subgroup: preppers.
who do you want in your tribe.when shtf
— Lindapapin (@mslindasue1501) January 9, 2019
Doomsday preppers are people who believe they have to prepare for a major cataclysmic event, be it natural, man-made, or divinely ordained. We’re talking the end of society as we know it. This anticipated event, whether it’s a nuclear war or The Rapture, is referred to as when SHTF in prepper lingo.
SHTF has been used in prepper culture since at least 1994, when it began popping up on prepper online message boards.
Who uses SHTF?
Anyone can talk about when shit hits the fan, though they should keep in mind it’s a somewhat informal and vulgar expression.
But if you’re referring to it as SHTF, you’re likely a prepper talking about when the end of the world comes. Preppers may even use SHTF as a noun for “the apocalypse,” e.g., when the SHTF comes.
SHTF is even has a hashtag, #SHTF, that preppers on Twitter and other social media use to show their tips and tricks for preparing for the end of days.
— @AllWeatherPrepper (@AllWeatherPrep1) January 7, 2019
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— Kyle (@GotYourSixInc) January 12, 2019