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  • I've never heard the phrase sad sack of shit.

    Not even on this page.

    April 18, 2011

  • Presumably from vulgar “sad sack of sh-t”; Cartoonist Sgt. George Baker said he took from a “longer phrase, of a derogatory nature”. The term originally referred to a well-meaning but inept soldier.

    April 18, 2011