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"pain in the ass"

Posted by Smokey Stover on June 15, 2005

In Reply to: "Pain in the ass" posted by R. Berg on June 15, 2005

: : : : : What is the exact meaning of the phrase "pain in the ass"

: : : : It is a phrase used to describe someone or something that is annoying, irritating, boring or in some other way unpleasant.

: : : : DFG

: : : In polite company you can say "pain in the neck" which means the same thing.

: : Resolved: let's all live in polite company.

: Seconded.

It started out as just a pain, as in "He gives me a pain." Pain in the neck was next (OED cites from 1911), then pain in the rear end and pain in the a** . In my boyhood, pain in the neck was standard. Pain in the a** I heard only after World War II, although doubtless it was around earlier. SS

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