Red Ass (from East Texas?)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Mar 29 23:26:56 UTC 2007

The earliest HDAS ex. is from a photo of a USAAF plane taken in 1944-45. The phrase "Red Ass" accompanies a cartoon jackass.

  So conceivably it's pure coincidence. On the other hand, "got (a case of) the red ass" is not uncommon in war novels set in WWII and after.  A short form, "the reds," is much less frequent.

  Cf. another phrase that I associate for some reason with Texas: "to chap someone's ass," to irritate or anger them.


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Subject: Red Ass (from East Texas?)

"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
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out of the way to show Aggie spirit is another definition of =E2=80=9Cred as=
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_Urban Dictionary_=20
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Red Ass=20
In Texas: one who is beyond being a bad ass, one who will do whatever it=20
takes to get the job done and will shoot first and ask questions later.=20
Don=E2=80=99t mess with Johnny, he=E2=80=99s red ass, you know.=20
by Gil Jan 12, 2005=20

_Urban Dictionary_=20
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a case of the red ass=20
classic phrase to be heard from the very very old people in the south,=20
to mean pissed off. angry.=20
yo mawma sho got hahsayelf a cayas of da rayed ayss t=E2=80=99day. =20
your momma sure got herself a case of the red ass today.=20
by rachelgirlwonder denver, co Sep 23, 2005=20

_Red Ass Apparel Co._ ( =20
We Texans are a proud bunch who are passionate about our great state and ou=
heritage. =20

Red Ass Apparel Co. was formed to complement the pride and passion we have=20
for this place we love, our home=E2=80=A6 TEXAS!=20

The term =E2=80=9CRed Ass=E2=80=9D is one used to express extreme passion,=20=
motivation, or even anger and rage. =E2=80=9CRed Ass=E2=80=9D is a term whi=
ch is as diverse as=20
the great state from which it originates.=20
Here at Red Ass Apparel Co., we show our ass every day and we hope you and=20
your folks will do the same. Enjoy your visit to this website and please se=
it along to those you think might be interested.=20

_Wikipedia: Traditions of Texas A&M University_=20
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Red-ass - A term for an Aggie that goes out of their way to show their Aggi=

_Google Books_=20
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Mosca: A Factual Fiction=20
by Richard Miller=20
DFI Books, Dada Foundation=20
Pg. 79:=20
Thomas loved thrusting the song into this military milieu where, to use a=20
Texas expression, it would give plenty of Rebels the red ass.=20

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Brown Shoe Black Shoe:=20
Memories of Two Air Forces, Two Wars and One Military Occupation=20
by Troy Thompson=20
Xlibris Corporation=20
Pg. 250:=20
RED ASS=E2=80=94Frequently =E2=80=9CThe RA=E2=80=99s=E2=80=9D. A term used =20=
by subordinates for a situation=20
where someone superior to them seems to be especially irritated with them o=
even with the world itself.=20

5 April 1981, Syracuse (NY) Herald Journal, pg. B1:=20
=E2=80=9CAs a player, I was a red-ass. Well, let=E2=80=99s just say I had a=
temper. I was=20
intense,=E2=80=9D said Humphreys, a righthanded relief pitcher in his young=
er days,=20
who spent parts of nine years in The Show.=20


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