Is it rude to say shit? I heard someone say it today and I think they used it as a compliment.
I think they said this:
You look shit.
I looked in the dictionary, but I couldn't find anything.
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To use it as a compliment is a cultural thing, and is usually said like this, coming after a definite article
That video game is the shit!
Your cooking is the shit!
Winning money is the shit!
To answer, your question, it is a bit rude and forward. It isn't so much offensive as it is vulgar, though. To use it in it's rudimentary form can be a bit unsettling for some.
The dog just shit on the carpet
The dog just defecated on the carpet
Shat is the past tense of to shit, but it's very ironic to hear it conjugated as if it were appropriate in everyday formal speech.
Generally, shit is an English curse word used to refer to human/animal waste (poop). Instead of saying you have to poop, you can say you have to [take a] shit. If you say somebody is a 'piece of shit', you are directly insulting them. It's also used as a vulgar exclamation on its own, usually when something unexpected (and problematic) happens suddenly.
However, it can also be used positively or neutrally. Colloquially, when you say something is 'the shit', it is a compliment. 'The shit' in this case means 'very good'.
Shit can also be just used as a replacement for the word 'stuff' or 'things', or as an intensifier. If you say 'this is some good shit', you're really just saying 'this is some good stuff'. As an intensifier, 'look at this shit' simply means 'look at this'.
Use of the word shit is generally considered rude in civilized conversation, and should never be used casually in a professional atmosphere, or among strangers (though this is not always followed).