I hope you're doing fantastic!

Well, my question is simple. I wished my friend a good day at work. About an hour later he said: "I'm kicking ass and chewing bubblegum".

That's confusing :( I have no idea what "I'm kicking ass" means in that context, shrugs. Can you please help me? ☺

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It can mean multiple things depending on the context.

  1. For one, the sentence was used in the movie "They Live" from 1988 in a turned around but similar kind of way: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp_K8prLfso)

    In this case it would mean that the person is out to make some trouble (in a sort of awesome way-ish?).

  2. In a second case it could mean the same as @Double_U stated: mainly the person is very happy with how things are turning out and he/she has nothing to worry about (chewing bubblegum <-> relaxing).

  3. In a third way it could be used sarcastically in which case the person is having a rough day in terms of concentration or the ability to getting stuff done.

  • Excellent reference to "They Live". "Kicking ass" is slang for destroying the opponent in a manner that is not close. That entire phrase could also be riffing off the phrase "Can't walk and chew gum at the same time" (english.stackexchange.com/questions/60299/…) This phrase means a person is so uncoordinated that thinking about walking AND thinking about chewing is too much. Your friend is on the opposite end of the spectrum. He is destroying his problems and not even using all his concentration on it. – BenL Feb 4 at 18:33

I'm kicking ass and chewing bubblegum.

My interpretation: Woohoo! I am awesome! I got what I wanted. My day is going great! I am feeling happy and light and cheery.

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