First popularized to mainstream audiences by "The Matrix" in 1999 by a businessman, played by actor Jeremy Ball, this phrase is a counter-culture version of 'what the fuck' used previously. Abbreviated as 'WTS', the phrase had seen limited use in late 1998, prior to the the box-office release of "The Matrix", in online BBS and chat forums.
"What the shit, that's my phone!" - Businessman, "The Matrix"

"What the shit -- My phone!" - Businessman, "The Matrix" (1997 Screenplay)
by defor May 15, 2006
Alternative to What the Fuck; means the same exact thing
Did he just do what I think he did? What the shit!
by James April 18, 2003
Expressing disbelief, like "what the fuck."

Often credited to The Matrix, but actually first appeared in popular culture in the 1984 sci-fi movie "The Last Starfighter" when the main character's little brother sees a robo-duplicate of his brother.
what the shit?! why are there two copies of my brother?
by SeitzFace Killa March 22, 2008
Less extreme then "What the FUCK?!" but just as meaningful
What the shit is up with those two bitches?!
by Kurt May 06, 2005
Expression used to express shock or disbelief. Alternative to the phrase "what the fuck". Became more popular in the 1999 film "The Matrix". It was also used in the 1992 film "Alien 3", stated by Edward Boggs, played by Leon Herbert.
What the shit is doing that?
by What_the_shit August 17, 2010
A replacement phrase used for what the fuckonly it sounds cooler (i have no idea if it was used in the matrix...)
something strange and unexplicable happens - your response "WHAT THE SHIT"...
by mebissa January 19, 2006
Actually KR didn't say "What the shit." The Matrix, he said it in Sweet November.
KR: *sees guy in a dress* What the shit?
by Jimmie Dean November 29, 2004

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