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Hard Ass

Posted by R. Berg on June 23, 2003

In Reply to: Hard Ass posted by Jay on June 23, 2003

: Does anyone know the correct origin of the term "hard ass"? I think it may have come from the biker culture in reference to the hard tail harleys. A lot of harley riders think that a true rider only rides the rougher hard tail harleys (Motorcycle without rear suspension). It seems to make sence that the term could have come from this. Any ideas?

Harley-Davidson is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Eric Partridge's "Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English" says "hard-arsed" in the sense of being a tightwad appeared around 1850. So no go on the hog hypothesis.