[Ads-l] _-ass_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 10 05:22:13 UTC 2016

On Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 11:06 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'd say "silly-ass" is independent of (though perhaps an influence on) the
> later extension of "ADJ-ass(ed)" as a general intensifier, which the slang
> dictionaries date to the '50s.

Certainly independent of, but an influence on... Oh, wait. This is _sE_
that's being discussed.

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