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S.O.L.

adjective; acronym
a situation that is unlucky or unfortunate
 
The word is an acronym derived from the first letters of the words "Shit Out of Luck." It describes a scenario where one has no chance of success or a positive outcome.
Etymology : 'Shit' comes from the Proto Germanic word *skit- from Proto Indo European *skheid- meaning to "split, divide, or separate" to refer to the separation of waste from the body. In this case it takes its 1937 meaning and is used to express the troublesome and unfortunate/nasty aspect of the situation. "Luck" stems from the fifteenth century Dutch word 'gheluc' meaning "happiness, good fortune". Thus, someone who is S.O.L. is out of happiness or good fortune and is instead replaced with misfortune and misery.
Source : "Well, in this case, I'd say you're just S.O.L."
Last modified: 30 November 2008


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