« "Any Name That Fails to Be a Good Name Immediately Becomes a Bad One" | Main | Word of the Day, 9/11 »

September 11, 2007


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The Bottom Line:


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

I don't have an explanation for the grammaticalization of "ass", but I thought this XKCD comic (http://xkcd.com/37 ) was appropriate here. :)

Erin: That is one funny-ass comic. Thanks!

Your blog really kicks ass.

A crazy-ass coincidence! I've been wanting to comment about that here all day but I couldn't think of a suitable tie-in. Or ass-pun.

You could probably track the acceptability of "ass" through the Simpsons (and, digression: most h.c. fans would say that "jerkass" is an essential part of the critical vocabulary). Back in 1992, in one of my favorite episodes, Homer sheepishly pauses and looks around to say "You bet your sweet... ass!"

I've got no insight on our newfound tendency towards ass-affixation (assixing?), but as another sidenote, and without approving of everyone who says this: I've always been amused by the use of "ass" as a mass noun...

Our Bold Hero wrote: ass-affixation (assixing?)

I believe the word we're all looking for is "ass-phyxiation."

And thanks for the tip about The Simpsons! Is there any subject in contemporary culture on which The Simpsons is *not* the best authority?

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

My Photo

My Web Site

Top 25 Language Professionals Blogs 2012
Top 25 Language Professionals Blogs 2011
Top 10 Language Professionals Blogs 2010
Top 100 Language Blogs 2009

Your email address:

Powered by FeedBlitz

Bookmark and Share