I have heard many things that could be valid ways to express the past tense of the word "bullshit" and other words derived from "shit".

Some examples:

"I bullshit my homework"

"I bullshitted my homework"

"The dog shat on the rug"

Im just curious as to what the accepted past tense of these words is?

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    The verb bullshit (to deceive) is grammatically different to the verb shit (to defecate). I agree with the full set of conjugations here. I particular like the cheery first-person pleural imperative “Let’s bullshit!”.
    – smatterer
    Sep 14 '17 at 4:21
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    @smatterer even the single t in bullshited? That just looks wrong, like a conjugation of bullshite.
    – Chris H
    Sep 14 '17 at 7:11
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    @Chris H, True. I didn't notice the single t I guess that spelling is just a load of ... well ... y'know.
    – smatterer
    Sep 14 '17 at 7:15
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    The last line about the plural makes this question quite confusing. Bullshit is uncountable, I think, so there's no plural. Sep 14 '17 at 7:58
  • I think most US English speakers would be surprised to learn that "bullshit" is ever considered to be a verb.
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 15 '17 at 16:37


bullshitted is the past tense and past participle of the word bullshit. although you can use bullshat as a past tense but bullshitted just rolls out the tongue better (especially when some bullshitting is involved).

As for the past tense of shit, there is shat or shitted, but the commonly used form is shat. It is, according to Grammarist,

the widely accepted past-tense inflection of shit. It was formed by analogy with the verb sit, which becomes sat in the past tense. It was originally a humorous and slightly sanitized version of the curse word, but it has become the standard form.

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    fixed original question
    – user257115
    Sep 14 '17 at 14:24
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    By "shatted", I assume you mean "shitted"? The OED has past tense options of "shit", "shitted" and "shat", but no "shatted". Interestingly, the older form of the verb is "shite" in its infinitive and present tense forms, with "shit" being originally the past tense. ("Shite" of course is still in use in some dialects.)
    – rjpond
    Sep 14 '17 at 17:55
  • yes, i mean "shitted"
    – chornge
    Sep 14 '17 at 18:36
  • This post plagiarizes the linked Grammarist article. Since you linked the article presumably it's just an accident you didn't indicate the quotation. I wonder why you took the lifted material out of sentence case? -- anyway I will submit an edit to cite the author. Sep 18 '20 at 2:11

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