The Bad Ass Tour Part 1: Etymology
TOUR IS GOING TO BE BAD ASS!! WHO’S GOING??!!
I’ve Got Some BAD ASS NEW TOUR MERCHANDISE!!!!!
Quite honestly, we were taken aback when these two tweets from singer Taylor Hicks appeared upon the screen. Bad ass tour, bad ass merchandise. What could that mean? Didn’t know, but we immediately recognized the urgency of the communication. All in CAPITAL LETTERS and accentuated by multiple exclamation points. We weren’t sure if bad ass was a promise or a threat, but we knew the man was serious.
So we decided, based upon our respect for Mr. Hicks, that this situation merited proper research and analysis. In Part 1 of our Bad Ass Tour study, we consider the etymology of the word “ass”. In Part 2 we’ll analyze the term “bad ass”, and then we’ll consider whether the “bad ass tour and merchandise” are good for you and me.
In the following video, we learn more about the word “ass”. While often considered a vulgar term, Charles Hodgson explains that “Ass has always been part of English but mostly it meant “donkey.” It was arse that meant what we think of as “ass” now. As the meaning shifted, people who wanted to refer to the animal got embarrassed and came up with a new word. Although ass goes back thousands of years, donkey only shows up in 1785, as ass the rear end was gaining strength in common usage.”
So, now we understand that the jackass came first and the human ass brought up the rear, but we still don’t know why a bad ass is a good idea. Sure, Disney turned ass into cash, but Eeyore was depressed, not mean. Would you wear an angry ass on a T shirt, or worse yet, an emoticon? Just asking.
Part 2 tomorrow.