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When we use 狗屎 (dog's excrement) to describe a thing, it is definitely negative. Sometimes it can also appear as a bad word.
Also, 踩到狗屎 is obviously a bad thing.
But, 狗屎运 (good fortune) is used positively.
What causes this difference?

  • Baidu baike says 在中国旧社会时期,农村化肥少,大都是用粪便发酵后做肥料的。但是人的粪便往往不足,所以就有了一种现象,就是早上起来捡狗屎。那时狗屎也能卖钱的,而捡了很多狗屎的人就能卖到比较多的钱。 but without a reference. – Kemono Chen Nov 2 '18 at 9:38
  • Why do you think 狗屎運 is used positively? Sure, it refers to fortune and luck, but people don't usually say 狗屎運 in reference to their own luck, but with a slight hint of envy or disapproval to someone else's luck. I think the meaning of 狗屎 is quite obvious here. – droooze Nov 2 '18 at 9:45
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狗屎运 is an accidental luck and some good things you don't expect suddenly come to you. It's fine to use it in informal situations, but it's still a vulgar term. Sometimes, it can be taken in a funny way, but you should be cautious when you use it in a formal situation.

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