Scatological is a word that has been in use since the late 1800s. We will examine the definition of scatological, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Scatological describes ideas or words that reference excrement or an interest in excrement. Scatological is sometimes used in a broader sense to mean obscenity, but usually in reference to excrement. Such words are usually considered swear words, and are not appropriate in polite company or business communications. Scatological may also refer to the medical study of excrement, known as scatology or coprology. Scatological is an adjective, derived from the Greek word skat which means excrement, and the suffix -logy meaning study. Scatological first appeared in the English language in the late 1880s, though the word scat, meaning animal droppings or dung, did not appear until the 1950s.


“Now this is a family newspaper, so for the sake of the infants and toddlers out there who may be among the readership of this column, I am precluded from listing any of the really fetid references — including those of anatomical or scatological derivation — that might otherwise come up in the course of intellectual discussion,” Morrison wrote. (The Brunswick News)

In the face of such profound political changes, a film like “Pepi, Luci, Bom, And Other Girls Like Mom” (1980), was an exploration of that alternative movement, of punk aesthetics, that revealed his early interest for the seedy comedy, the carnivalesque, radical feminism and the scatological. (The Miami Herald)

It wasn’t so much word of President Donald Trump’s scatological contempt for places like Africa and Haiti that sent a Duke University instructor around the bend late this week as it was the efforts of some people on the political right to defend it. (The News & Observer)

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