• LOL! Way down here in the deep South!
  • I'm going to guess that this expression came about because of the way your mouth/face looks when you say "eat shit." The teeth are bared and very much like a big smile. Furthermore, one can EASILY say the "eat shit" phrase to someone with a big smile on their face, covering the fact (from afar at least) that you are insulting them.
  • In Book XXI of his History of Rome, Livy describes a Carthaginian sect of coprophages, the risus faecivorus, or shit-eating grin, being commonly displayed by its adherents.

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