In today’s ESL Cafe 153, Jeff is too polite and gentlemanly to say the phrase “to kick (someone’s) ass.” We’ll let someone else do it for him.
Although “ass” is one of the bad words that parents don’t want their children to say, it is not considered one of the worst curse words. However, it is a little surprising to hear it said by a three year old.
When a three-year-old is asked about monsters (imaginary creatures that are large, ugly, and frightening)…
Mother: And tell Mommy (mother) again what you said you were going to do to him if he came here.
Daugher: I said, I’m gonna (going to) kick his ass*.
Mother: Oh, that’s not nice.
Daugher: If he’s going to come in here, he’s going to kick my ass.
Mother: He will?
Daugher: Yeah…He’ll come out of the movie, come out. He’ll come out and kick my ass.
Daugher: And I can kick his ass.
Mother: Okay, but that’s not a nice word. You should say, “kick his butt.”
*Note that she pronounces the word incorrectly with a “k” sound at the end of “ass,” making it sound like “asK”.