I know the title is a bit rude, but that's exactly what my question is about. The title is what Google Translate recommends as the German equivalent of "shit is cash".

I've often seen the expression "shit is cash" on some English-speaking sites. I know what it means, but I cannot form words to describe. So, my problem is, how would you translate this to German?

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    I don't know why Gigili edited my question, but in this way it seems like I actually value the result Google gives for this translation.
    – Baarn
    Jul 31, 2011 at 17:41
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    Sorry about the edit but your sentence was wrong. I don't know if I've emphasized the google result but you did when it's your title!
    – user508
    Jul 31, 2011 at 22:02
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    Can you give some examples, where 'shit is cash' is used? Aug 1, 2011 at 3:39
  • see below in the accepted answer, i knew it was often used in memes, but not that it seems to originate from those.
    – Baarn
    Aug 2, 2011 at 16:01

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I would translate this to "geiler Scheiß": This preserves the rude language quite well and has also the positive connotation. As a sidenote: The internet-meme "shit was so cash" (as explained here) is sometimes (jokingly) translated literally to "Scheiße war so Bargeld".


In vulgar colloquial German two related sayings come to mind:

In German both expressions have a slightly different meaning as compared to the Endlish expression but this also depends on the context.

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    It's "Aus Scheiße Geld or Gold machen" but "Geldscheißer" is correct but not used, we use "Goldesel" :-) Jul 31, 2011 at 13:31
  • full ack: we don't use these expressions here either. "Goldesel" is definitely a good non-vulgar alternative - but the question was on vulgar slang as far as I can see...
    – Takkat
    Jul 31, 2011 at 14:01
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    Are you referring to Dagobert Duck? If yes, I'd suggest to use his english name while speaking english, Scrooge McDuck, to avoid confusion.
    – Bobby
    Jul 31, 2011 at 15:50
  • I think neither expression fits. For me, "shit is cash" means to describe something that's "as great as money can't buy". At least that's what I always thought it meant.
    – Baarn
    Jul 31, 2011 at 17:47
  • I don't know of Geldscheißer as a person, only the Esel from the legend. Aug 1, 2011 at 3:15

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