My apologies for being rude, but how do you get "āss" from "ārse" (or vice-versa)?

4 Answers

  • Dave
    Lv 7
    3 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    "Origin Expand

    before 1000; var of ****, with loss of r before s, as in passel, cuss, etc.; Middle English ars, er(e)s, Old English ærs, ears; cognate with Old Frisian ers, Dutch aars, Old Norse, Middle Low German, Old Saxon, Old High German ars (German Arsch), Greek órrhos, Armenian or̄kh, Hittite arras; akin to Greek ourā́, Old Irish err tail". <This is from http://www.dictionarycom/browse/*** > . I hadn't thought of the passel/parcel and curse/cuss that they mention, but remember reading of yet ANOTHER variant pair, horse and 'hoss' (which is American dialect now only, and not widespead). So these are 'how you get one from the other'. Hope that helped; any full list of these would be fun to see...

  • Bob
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    change the r to an s.. problem solved

  • 3 years ago

    **** is the English equivalent for ***.

  • Mamie
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    You don't "get there." Ar*e is a euphemism for a**.

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