A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 02, 2013
Shitcan

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wiktionary
Verb
shitcan
(third-person singular simple present shitcans, present participle shitcanning, simple past and past participle shitcanned)
1. (vulgar, transitive) To discard
2. (vulgar, transitive) To terminate the employment of.

(OXford English Dictionary)
,i>shitcan, v.
coarse slang (chiefly N. Amer.).
1. trans.
a. To dismiss or discharge (a person) from a position; to fire. Cf. can v.3 2a.
1961 J. Peacock Valhalla iii. 65 Soon’s I fuck up enough to get shitcanned you’ll take over the company as gunnery sarjint.
b. To reject or put a stop to. Cf. can v.3 2b.
1973 T. Crouse Boys on Bus i. v. 100 Chances are, he’s having a go-round with some editor out there who’s just shit-canned one of his articles.

Google Books
The Boys on the Bus
By Timothy Crouse
New York, NY: Random House
1973
Pg. 100:
“Chances are,” the reporter said, nodding toward Witcover, “chances are, he’s having a go-round with some editor out there who’s just shit-canned one of his articles.”

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Kesey’s Garage Sale
By Ken Kesey
New York, NY: Viking Press
1973
Pg. 82:
REX: The starter can be shitcanned as well!

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Nielsen’s Children
by James Brady
New York, NY: Putnam
1978
Pg. 135:
That if one of the anchorpersons had to be “shitcanned” it would be Chester Albany.

Google Books
The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English
Edited by Tom Dalzell
New York, NY: Routledge
2009
Pg. 865:
shitcan verb
to throw something away; to discharge someone from employment US, 1975

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Tuesday, April 02, 2013 • Permalink