10 / 12 / 2007

ASS-4: meaning and examples

Good morning.

I hope all of you had a nice weekend. Today we will finish up our series of Daily Vitamins about a slang word: ass/arse. Remember that these words and their expressions are considered rude and should be used with caution.

Today's expression is: a pain in the ass/arse

Meaning: a person or thing that is very annoying.

Example 1:
Matilda is such a pain in the ass! Everytime I see her she tries to convince me to buy a lottery ticket for her school's fundraising programme. I've alread bought two. I wish she would leave me alone!

We also say a pain in the neck (see Daily Vitamins from April 18th, 2004 and January 25th, 2007), or a pain in the butt.

For more informaiton about the words ass/arse, see the following section from Wikipedia:

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Have a good day.

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