Red Ass (from East Texas?)

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Thu Mar 29 05:37:58 UTC 2007

"Red ass" is not in DARE and not in the OED. HDAS?
Anybody from Texas use this term? It's said to be from East Texas.
Red Ass
"Red ass” means to show great anger or passion. A Texas A&M Aggie who  goes 
out of the way to show Aggie spirit is another definition of “red ass.”  

_Urban  Dictionary_ 
Red Ass 
In Texas: one who is beyond being a bad  ass, one who will do whatever it 
takes to get the job done and will shoot first  and ask questions later. 
Don’t mess with Johnny, he’s red ass, you  know. 
by Gil Jan 12, 2005 

_Urban  Dictionary_ 
a case of the red ass 
classic phrase to be heard  from the very very old people in the south, 
to mean pissed off.  angry. 
yo mawma sho got hahsayelf a cayas of da rayed ayss t’day.  
your momma sure got herself a case of the red ass today. 
by  rachelgirlwonder denver, co Sep 23, 2005 

_Red Ass Apparel Co._ (  
We Texans  are a proud bunch who are passionate about our great state and our 

Red Ass Apparel Co. was formed to complement the pride and passion we  have 
for this place we love, our home… TEXAS! 

The term “Red Ass” is one  used to express extreme passion, enthusiasm, 
motivation, or even anger and rage.  “Red Ass” is a term which is as diverse as 
the great state from which it  originates. 
Here at Red Ass Apparel Co., we show our ass every day and we  hope you and 
your folks will do the same. Enjoy your visit to this website and  please send 
it along to those you think might be interested. 

_Wikipedia:  Traditions of Texas A&M University_ 
Red-ass - A term for an Aggie  that goes out of their way to show their Aggie 

_Google  Books_ 
Mosca: A Factual Fiction 
by Richard Miller 
DFI  Books, Dada Foundation 
Pg. 79: 
Thomas loved thrusting the song  into this military milieu where, to use a 
Texas expression, it would give plenty  of Rebels the red ass. 

_Google  Books_ 
Brown Shoe Black Shoe: 
Memories of Two Air Forces,  Two Wars and One Military Occupation 
by Troy Thompson 
Xlibris  Corporation 
Pg. 250: 
RED ASS—Frequently “The RA’s”. A term used  by subordinates for a situation 
where someone superior to them seems to be  especially irritated with them or 
even with the world itself. 

5 April  1981, Syracuse (NY) Herald Journal, pg. B1: 
“As a player, I was a  red-ass. Well, let’s just say I had a temper. I was 
intense,” said Humphreys, a  righthanded relief pitcher in his younger days, 
who spent parts of nine years in  The Show. 


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