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    dog shit

    There's a pile of dog shit on the sidewalk.
    Since "dog shit" is vulgar usage, what phrase should I use to rewrite the above sentence?
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    #2

    Re: dog shit

    dog poop

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    #3

    Re: dog shit

    Dog mess
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    #4

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    Doggie-doo.

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    Re: dog shit

    canine excrement

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    #6

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    So which one is the most common? If it ever depends on some circumstances, let me know how it would go.

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    #7

    Re: dog shit

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    There's a pile of dog shit on the sidewalk.
    Since "dog shit" is vulgar usage, what phrase should I use to rewrite the above sentence?
    Yes, this is vulgar, but it is how some people communicate the idea with close friends or family members. But, I would rewrite it in more polite terms like the following:

    Hey, be careful. Some dog left his business on the sidewalk.

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    Re: dog shit

    This is one example where there is no obvious phrase in a neutral register. You are forced to be either quite formal or quite informal, or to use a euphemism. Other examples of this in English are names for genitals and sexual intercourse.

    In these types of situations, usage varies a lot, from region to region and person to person, perhaps because the language is not used so freely.

    I think "dog poo", "dog crap" and "dog poop" would be fairly common informal but not particuarly rude phrases. As jerry081958 said, if I wanted to say this in a more polite way, I would rephrase it to avoid mentioning the dog crap altogether.

    In writing, I would expect to see something like "dog feces" or "dog excrement".

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    Re: dog shit

    The tool for removing this is called a poop scoop or pooper scooper, so poop might be a reasonable choice for a fairly neutral term, though, as Munch says, terms vary considerably.

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