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So, my friend and I were chatting the other day. I, being a new father, sent him a picture of my clothesline completely full of my daughter's diapers. Then this dialogue happened:

My friend: Woah, babies are really poop factories.
Me: No shit.

Now, at that point, the chat spiraled out to a discussion on how wrong I was on using no shit on poop factory. Words such as "complete opposite" and "idioms, idiot" were uttered. I pointed my friend at the definition at thefreedictionary.com definition:

no shit (rude)

  1. something is very surprising and hard to believe He's coming here tonight? No shit!
  2. the truth This is no shit - we're going to have the money for you tomorrow.

He wouldn't have it. So, I turn to ELU as final arbiter. Was my response above correct or not?

Edit: After accepting the answer below, I notice that this question could use a better title. If you have a better idea on what should this question be titled, please edit it and remove this paragraph.

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    It works on a number of levels. As sarcasm, as proof of the cleanliness of the diapers in the picture, as irony... your friend is humorless. – anongoodnurse Sep 22 '14 at 7:12
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    Yes, very witty. Clever extension of the metaphor. Definitely got a chuckle out of me. – polarysekt Sep 22 '14 at 7:13
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    "When established idiom clashes with grammar, correctness is on the side of the idiom. Put another way, if sticking grimly to rules of grammar makes you sound like a pompous pedant, you are a pompous pedant." William Safire (1983) Not directly applicable to your scenario but you could easily substitute "logic" for "grammar". – Curtis H. Sep 22 '14 at 19:22
  • @medica, my friend's sense of humor is actually about the same level as mine, which is why a) he's my friend, and b) the discussion went on for so long. – StorymasterQ Sep 23 '14 at 0:20
  • Ah! My apologies. You are both humorless! – anongoodnurse Sep 23 '14 at 0:41
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Correct and appropriate.

Additionally No shit Sherlock ==> "You are stating the obvious"

which according to Wiktionary breaks down into

no shit (“an expression of amazement”) + Sherlock (“a fictional detective who makes ingenious deductions”)

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    I'll accept this one. I originally wanted to add the Sherlock, but he wasn't much of a Sherlock :p – StorymasterQ Sep 23 '14 at 0:21
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As was already mentioned, no shit does in fact mean yes, exactly.

What is even better it's how you successfully managed to have the words no shit actually mean yes, a lot of shit. Whether you intended such a clever play on words or not you are indeed correct. I shit you not.

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Mplungjan has explained one sense in which your response was appropriate.

There is another too, though it does involve inserting a comma into your original formulation:

"No, shit".

Or perhaps (even more appropriately, given the topic) a colon:

"No: shit".

You would say this if you felt that shit was a more suitable word than poop to describe your child's excreta (for instance, because you are the type of person who believes in calling a spade a spade rather than a 'digging implement'). It also puns rather pleasingly on the idiom that Mplungjan described.

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