“I don’t take shit,” he said.
So I just gave him a colon and a closing parenthesis.
It was a bit haughty, I thought, when he said that. No one takes shit. It’s only when we are unwilling to face something unpleasant or nasty, we classify that as shit and use a value system that we have created for ourselves – we don’t take shit.
Often, self-respect is used synonymously with ego.