Why is stick/shove/etc up one's ass much more common than in/into one's ass?

  • People keep using this word, why... And I keep asking back, why do you not use blagoveshchensk to mean "car"? Answer me that question, and you'll have answered yours.
    – RegDwigнt
    Nov 18 '13 at 23:50
  • That reminds me of Frindle... Nov 19 '13 at 2:43
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    Probably because when you tell someone to shove it, they're in a position where in is up?
    – Gnawme
    Nov 19 '13 at 4:39

The former is a more aggressive description of the act being used as a metaphor. Well, mostly as a metaphor. One would never say the nurse "stuck a 250mg acetaminophen suppository up . . . ," rather one would say that the nurse "inserted a suppository into my. . . ." The more aggressive makes a stronger metaphor.

  • So basically "up" here kinda means "far in"?
    – jwalker
    Nov 18 '13 at 23:56
  • No it doesn't mean 'far in' at all. It's simply a phrase that adds rudeness to 'arse'.
    – Pete855217
    Nov 19 '13 at 0:00
  • Why is "up" more rude than "in"? Don't ask me about blagoveshchensk though :)
    – jwalker
    Nov 19 '13 at 0:02
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    Up is not more rude; it's more aggressive. In suggests a gentler treatment. You put something in; you shove something up.
    – J.R.
    Nov 19 '13 at 1:55

One part of the answer may be that ass, or arse, has got two different meanings.

Ass, or arse, has the same meaning as buttocks or bottom, as in: "The nurse said, 'Right then. Don't just sit on your arse!' No sooner had I got up than, without so much as a Howdydoody, she'd stuck the needle in my arse."

The prepositions on/in are used because here ass or arse refers a solid object.

However, arse is sometimes used to replace the more technically correct arsehole (a three-dimensional space).
"Then, to make matters worse, she'd stuck a suppository right up my *arse/arsehole! When I told her that she had promised it wouldn't hurt, she just replied, "Well, I guess I was just talking out of my *arse/arsehole."

I don't know what it would be like to have a suppository shoved in my arse (solid object), but I'd rather not find out.

  • How did a perfectly reasonable discussion of up, in or into a rectum descend into a discussion of arse and ass? Nov 19 '13 at 1:50
  • Look again. I think the word in the question was ass, not rectum.
    – user57664
    Nov 19 '13 at 1:58
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    Well, yes, in a literal sense you are correct. It was ass, not arse and not rectum. I was commenting on your unnecessary complication of adding arse to the discussion. Anatomically, the specific site under discussion is, in fact, the rectum, a space rather than a structure. Nov 19 '13 at 2:20

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