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    Default Why do they find it so funny?

    Why do the yanks find the word ass so amusing? Itís just another word for a donkey, yet they really seem to find it funny. The Poms use the word to denote a foolish person. Do the yanks use it in a similar way?
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    Default Re: Why do they find it so funny?

    https://grammarist.com/usage/arse-ass/

    Depends where you live.

    Like "pissed".
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    Thanks for that, Piroska, although it still does not say why they find it so amusing.
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    It is just schoolyard immature humor. We have our silly stuff too.

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    Default Re: Why do they find it so funny?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    Why do the yanks find the word ass so amusing? It’s just another word for a donkey, yet they really seem to find it funny. The Poms use the word to denote a foolish person. Do the yanks use it in a similar way?
    That's why the word Ass was replaced with Donkey in most US bible publications. Has a 8 year old in church about 15 years ago reading the Easter verse "and Jesus can riding into Jerusalem on his Ass" which she read as "and Jesus can riding into Jerusalem on his Arse"
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    Personal bias creeping in :-)

    Why do the britts find 'ass' so funny .
    In fact , why do the britts find anything to do with that region so funny. The Britts even had a TV Comedy called "Bottom"

    I dont think the yanks find the word ass that funny at all.
    The britts and kiwis are more inclined to love toilet humor & and lowest denominator comedy.

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    The yanks only have 5 year olds humour, no substance or thought needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulw View Post
    That's why the word Ass was replaced with Donkey in most US bible publications. Has a 8 year old in church about 15 years ago reading the Easter verse "and Jesus can riding into Jerusalem on his Ass" which she read as "and Jesus can riding into Jerusalem on his Arse"
    Indeed.
    Coveting thy neighbours arse is also likely to be rather more frowned upon than his donkey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    The yanks only have 5 year olds humour, no substance or thought needed.
    I tend to agree. Other examples being they have a seemingly endless admiration for pie in the face 'humour', and also find the distress of the elderly funny with the "I've fallen and I can't get up" thing that they just keep hammering. What is funny about that?

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    Default Re: Why do they find it so funny?

    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    The yanks only have 5 year olds humour, no substance or thought needed.
    Agreed. American humour is usually only displayed when somebody (off-camera) in front of the audience holds up a placard saying "laugh", "applause" etc.

    Ever notice how an American comedian oftens delivers the punch line then pauses momentarily before their audience realise they have to do something? That's why. It's staged and not spontaneous.

    But here's something away from the norm: just a few weeks ago on Britains Got Talent, there was an American black funny man, Preacher Lawson. Genuinely and hilariously funny. A master of timing and delivery. Here's the link if you missed it:

    Click HERE

    (show footage starts 1:35)

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