Get your (ass/butt) moving!

Discussion in 'English Only' started by AntiScam, Jul 1, 2017.

  1. AntiScam

    AntiScam Senior Member

    Tripoli-Libya
    Arabic
    Hello,

    You want to prompt somebody to do their job. Either you know the person as a friend, or you are bossing them around.
    Which is more idiomatic even if it is understandably rude?
    Get your ass moving
    or
    Get your butt moving
     
  2. Minnesota Guy Senior Member

    American English - USA
    In AmE, these are equally idiomatic. "Butt" is milder than "ass," as you probably know.
     
  3. kentix

    kentix Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    "Get your butt/ass in gear!" is another variation.
     
  4. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    I agree: "butt" is milder than "ass", and is acceptable in more places. But they are equally common.

    In general "ass" (or "butt") means "a person's physical body". It is used in many different sentences, not just in standard expressions.

    - Break time is over. Get your butts back on that field.
    - Hello, Tony? There's a problem. Better get your ass over here pronto.
    - I'm gonna whoop your sorry ass. (I'm going to beat you up.)
     
  5. I agree.
     
  6. Hermione Golightly

    Hermione Golightly Senior Member

    London
    British English
    Hello Antiscam
    I expect you have a clear idea of the register of this language and know that it is AE.
    :)
     
  7. You little ripper! Senior Member

    Australia
    Australian English
    In Australia it's more idiomatic (besides using the word 'arse') to turn them around.

    Move your ass/arse!
    Move your butt!
     

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