I will rip out what’s left of your pubes

aaronsun666

Senior Member
Mandarin
The Big Bang Theory Season 06 Episode 09

Penny: Get away from me or I swear to God I will rip out what’s left of your pubes!


Why is rip out being used? Why not rip off?

'rip out', to me, seems to include the motion of stick your hand inside and then get something outside, i.e, rip out your eye-balls

Pubes are just hairs on the surface of the skin. So I think "off" would be a better option.

Correct me if I am wrong, please.
 
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    "Pluck out" implies (for me) removal hair by hair or a few hairs at a time with the minimum of damage to the surrounding tissue. Whereas "rip out" implies a mass removal of hairs with maximum damage to the surrounding tissue.

    We used to have our Standard Schnauzer "hand plucked" by a groomer. He would wear leather thumb and pointer finger piece which enabled him to grasp a few hairs at a time and pluck them out.

    If they offered "hand ripped out" as an option I think we would have declined.
     
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