Since I am not actually Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady," I say "ass."
Doesn''t anyone say tushie anymore?
The British say arse.%0D\
Growing up in Boston, Bostonians said aahhs.
In my corner of Canada we tend to mix it up. It depends on the context. You''d say someone fell on their arse after admiring someone''s hot ass.
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Arse. Ass is for donkeys.
arse is a stupid, childish word, and not very hot.
ass, butt, buns and bum are the only acceptable terms
The British say arse, but not with the pronounced "ar-r-r" of an American. More like ah-ss. Ass with an ah-h-h.
[quote]ass, butt, buns and bum are the only acceptable terms\
Bum is childish. Buns are what you have for tea. Butt is for rainwater. Ass is for donkeys.\
Arse all they way.
I think "Fuck my arse, you bastard!" loses a bit of the vulgarity and sexiness. "Arse" isn''t sexy. "Ass" is sexy.
Ass but I love the Brit expression "I can''t be arsed."
"buns"?? Boy, have you ever just dated yourself. I don''t think that''s been a common slang term since Ronald Reagan''s first term as president.
I''m an American, I say "ass".%0D\
The only people I''ve known to say "arse" are British or Irish.
Definitely arse. Being Scottish, I roll the r''s in that. Arrrrrrse.
"Buns" is something a 50 year old frau would say. And her other 50 year old frau friends would mock her for being so outdated.%0D\
[quote]Butt is for rainwater.%0D\
What does that mean? Since you insist on arse, R19, I imagine you''re British and that "butt" is another word that doesn''t translate to American English the same? "Butt" here refers to the buttocks, or to the filtered end of a burnt out cigarette. I have no idea how rainwater figures into that.
In the UK a butt is something you store rainwater in. E.g. the water collected off the roof down a pipe into a butt. You can then use it for watering the garden. See the link for an example. Nothing unusual here at all.
OK, now I have a new pejorative: \
"Water Butt! Water Butt!"
Additionally, the area where people historically practiced archery was called the Butts. So you see it the word Butt or Butts sometimes in British street names. E.g. one place I lived in had a road called "St Mary''s Butts".\
I''ve linked to possibly the most amusing example.
The British and Boston pronunciation of "aahhss" is similar.
Here in the UK we say arse - it has a nice satisfying sound to it.
Helloooo ignorant (but quite entertaining) speculators on the subj. of arse vs. ass.. and why the english say "arse".
German for ass is "arsch". pronounced "ash" (with a very soft "a" ahh-sh" , you, know, what the protologist says when he wants you to open up. "say AHHH_SH" har har.) With an "r". The English still use
house and pronounce it the same as the German "haus".
Ass just lost the "r" when it landed in Virginia.
So arsch went to England, became arse, and got shortened to
ass in America.
I call my bum my yum-yum.
but, do you combine the two words. do you "arsehole" as a perjorative?
it don't exactly roll off the tongue, squire, like "asshole" does.
"piss off arsehole"? nah. it's like mixing metaphors, this mixing of English and American cuss words. it don't work, mate.
"piss off, wanker".
"fuck off, asshole".
ARSE is pronounced ASS.
It's only spelled differently.
Like the UKs say Jail but spell it GAOL
'Arse' sounds so right when you say, "Stick it up your arse."
R20 is right
r37 and r20 - it depends. I'm Australian, and I'd have a laughing fit if someone told me they wanted to have their ass pounded (I'd probably want to report them to the RSPCA). If someone told me I had a great arse, though, that would sound dead sexy and really turn me on.
R38 You say tomato I say tomatah... lol I just like the word ASS. I think porn has ruined me. Piece of ASS... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
I think buns ought to have a resurgence.
r32 - actually, "arse" doesn't come from German "Arsch", but from Old English "aers" (and German "Arsch" ultimately derives from Old High German "ars"). "Ass", though, *is* an alternative (r-less) pronunciation of "arse"
An ass is a donkey. "Fuck my ass" seems like animal cruelty. It's not at all sexy.
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The only people that say ass are AIDS infected 'mos.
I have never heard a straight person say anything other than "ass," either. And that is a very common term, as in "Hey dude, look at that chick's ass in those tights!" Or "Look at that guy's ass, bro. I wonder how much he squats."
No one in the U.S. says "arse," and if one did it would be pretty funny and/or just awkward like you are trying to be Madonna or something.
The arse and bum of the UK and Commonwealth countries are soft and erotic and vocally rounded like the object itself, so lovely. Butt sounds hard and unattractive on the ear. It's vocal harshness is symptomatic of the fear of sex and homosexuality in American public life. The Brits are always making bum jokes and referencing bumfuckery through extensive use of the word 'bugger'. For most Americans however, the arse - sorry -- BUTT , is a no-go area, associated with "potty talk" (another yankie infantilisation) and HOMOS.
Arse has a pleasing Anglo-Saxon feel to it.
"ARSE is pronounced ASS.
It's only spelled differently.
Like the UKs say Jail but spell it GAOL"
Okay, the Victorians would like their dictionary back.
The only time "Gaol" is used for "Jail" is in historical accounts. Modern usage would be squarely on the side of "Jail".
As for "arse" being pronounced "ass", again wrong. The "r" is audible in all British English accents, although some have the stress on the "a" (i.e. "aaarse") whilst other on the "r" (i.e. "aRse).
Ass is a Donkey, so please stop trying to mate with it. That's wrong and illegal in both the US and UK.
I'm a Bostonian so I say Ahhss.
It's so much more effective and classier when one says Aahhs.
Ass is a bowdlerisation for prissy Americans, who are too mealy-mouthed to utter vulgarities and yet pretend to be upfront and manly. Not fooling anyone.
People who say 'ass' clutch their pearls at 'arse'. That is all.