Laurie, I am stumped by this one. I found many examples on the web of the phrase being used just as you suggested, but haven’t been able to find ‘shod’ defined in this sense in any regular or slang dictionary I’ve checked. It looks, as you said, to mean ‘rid of’ in the contexts in which it is used. The only thing I can imagine is that people are somehow employing it as a bastardized past tense of ‘shed’ in the sense of to cast off or let fall, and thus be ‘shod of’ it.
<But if by answering your questions I may be shod of you all the more quickly, I am at your disposal! What do you want?>
<The island has been, miraculously, largely uncorrupted by materialism - even the wealthy are committed to guarding the Tobago wine - maintaining simple lifestyles, shod of petty prejudices.>
<I say it with a feeling of relief that at least the world will have gotten shod of an unwanted burden.>
<Shod of all the misleading terminology, this so-called celebration is nothing more . . . >
<apparently his provider wants shod of him as you suggest>
<Conservative crank Buckley must be completely shod of original thought to
craft such a book. He's an elitist bastard by any measure.> [of ‘The Un-Making of a Mayor’ (1966). Sorry Leif – obviously the ravings of some leftist nut case.(<:) I liked Buckley’s reply when asked what would be the first thing he’d do if he was elected –‘Demand a recount.’]
This one is extremely baffling and would appreciate comments from anyone who knows what’s going on here.
Ken G – December 21, 2002
Reply from Ken Greenwald (Fort Collins, CO - U.S.A.)