0037: "Hyphen"

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Postby yeup » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:06 pm UTC

I think it was this comic that made me click the links in the top left corner in the hope of getting it on some kind of merch. Anyway. I got a short-ass hair cut at the weekend.

And laughed til I hurt when I told my friend about the new hair.

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby jjane » Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:26 pm UTC

arg, i can't stop doing it!

& i would like someone to be in on it with me but i'm not quite sure how to explain it without printing out the comic & carrying it around with me. :shock:

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby Adjustable_Air » Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:47 pm UTC

=D

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby nameless » Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:27 pm UTC

hehe, I do this all the time at school. Once we had a substitute in pre-calc and he muttered something about us all being some "rude-ass kids", naturally, me and my friends could not contain our laughter, which only pissed him off any more.
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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby comedycartoon » Thu Nov 22, 2007 5:45 am UTC

My friends and I always end up in situations where one of us says, "but fucking..." and it is paramount to point it out. That and phrases like "got it" or "not it" are said too quickly.

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby Cytoplasm » Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:34 pm UTC

Oh jeez, from an e-mail I just read one of my friends wrote, "...such a kick-ass goalie anymore." and I mentally moved the hyphen over. I guess the comic had more effect than I thought it would.
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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby Master Gunner » Sat Nov 24, 2007 12:54 am UTC

Cytoplasm wrote:Oh jeez, from an e-mail I just read one of my friends wrote, "...such a kick-ass goalie anymore." and I mentally moved the hyphen over. I guess the comic had more effect than I thought it would.

Welcome to the dark side....we have some sweet ass-cookies.

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby Cytoplasm » Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:21 pm UTC

Master Gunner wrote:
Cytoplasm wrote:Oh jeez, from an e-mail I just read one of my friends wrote, "...such a kick-ass goalie anymore." and I mentally moved the hyphen over. I guess the comic had more effect than I thought it would.

Welcome to the dark side....we have some sweet ass-cookies.


Gracias, I will enjoy these sweet ass-cookies.
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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby jjane » Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:26 pm UTC

the other day i thought of bad ass-burgers.

gross.

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby Amarantha » Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:05 am UTC

The other day I commented on a big ass-sports bar. That gave me pause for thought.

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby ocarina_21 » Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:12 pm UTC

I have a friend who is fond of big ass-milk shakes... I don't understand the fascination.

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby shivasprogeny » Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:01 am UTC

Today in my anatomy class:

Professor: The inferior gluteal nerve only innervates the gluteus maximus. I say "only" hesitantly because gluteus maximus is a big-ass muscle. Er...I mean a big muscle. Well actually it is a big ass-muscle...

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby 4=5 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:19 am UTC

I see what you did there... clever, very clever

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby gwself » Mon May 12, 2008 2:41 am UTC

Today at work, my boss was looking over my shoulder and said:

"Look at that big-ass fucking bubble"

And the image of a big ass-fucking bubble pops into my head. I couldn't explain to my boss what I found so funny.

Thank you xkcd.

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby Fat Tony » Sun May 18, 2008 5:20 pm UTC

Hm...maybe Randall was misleading us with the talk about hyphens. I think this comic was really a shameless French automotive plug
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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby TV4Fun » Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:02 pm UTC

Ok, one more story involving ambiguous use of the word fuck. Last night, my friend and I were trying to go see The Dark Knight. What we did not realize was that our entire local nerd population was already there, and had already half an hour before the movie started formed a line that occupied most of the theater lobby and probably violated the fire code. Seeing this line greatly disheartened us and we decided we didn't really want to see the movie that badly and could wait a few days until the lines calmed down a little. As my friend pointed out, it would have been impossible, with us at the end of that long line to get anything approaching a good seat, or as he put it, had we waited in that line, we would have been "fucked in the seating position." I laughed for a good solid minute.
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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby Sythe » Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:20 pm UTC

There is something about this thread that really is full of pure win. It's very BAMF like, Bad Ass-Mother F*cker really.
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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby Lunch Meat » Sun Jul 20, 2008 12:07 am UTC

Scene: The sandwich shop where I worked a year after high school.
Me: *starts to put the sliced turkey away*
My boss: What are you doing? Give me that damn turkey! *grabs turkey and puts it on a sammich*
Me: Why does it have to be damned turkey? Why don't we ever have any redeemed turkey?
My boss: It's god-damned turkey because I say it's god-damned turkey.
Me: I'm pretty sure God has more important things to do than go around damning turkeys just because you say so.

I think he was a little annoyed with me...

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby BaufenBeast » Sun Jul 20, 2008 3:26 am UTC

I just realized, it could get kind've awkward if someone told you that they had a "sweet-ass fucking awesome time!" Moreso if they had come from a petting zoo (which contained donkeys).

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby lingomaniac88 » Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:54 pm UTC

Along similar lines, here is part of the lyrics of the song Mandelbrot Set by Jonathan Coulton:
Mandelbrot Set you’re a Rorschach Test on fire
You’re a day-glo pterodactyl
You’re a heart-shaped box of springs and wire
You’re one badass fucking fractal

The Mandelbrot set is into butt sex. Who knew?
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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby scarletmanuka » Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:21 am UTC

lingomaniac88 wrote:The Mandelbrot set is into butt sex. Who knew?

Chaos theory porn... "Oh, Julia!"

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby MadFrank » Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:42 pm UTC

I remember a friend of mine talking about a "huge-ass crack" in the glass of a shop window :)
Also, "sweet-ass cheese" and "fat-ass salesman" are two other funny ones that I've heard.

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby guyy » Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:55 am UTC

Yesterday I heard someone call herself a "grown-ass woman."

Unfortunately I had read this comic and moved the hyphen without thinking...I'm not sure I want to know what that means.

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby Toam » Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:53 am UTC

If I am speaking to someone who I know reads XKCD I make sure I move the hyphen one word to the left when I speak.

eg, "That's a-sweet ass car"

Then I'm covered.

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby BwaHaHa » Sat Nov 01, 2008 4:22 am UTC

Today in my cafeteria, the girl in front of me in line told her friend she was waiting for some weird-ass lasagna. Needless to say, I found it slightly more amusing than lasagna should have been.

...ass lasagna...
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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby lingomaniac88 » Sat Nov 01, 2008 7:21 pm UTC

I just remembered this scene from Family Guy:

Peter: Brian, Stewie's party is gonna suck. The only things I could get on short notice was the cake and that big-ass piñata.
*shows Brian a piñata in the shape of an ass*
Brian: I sure hope candy comes out of that.
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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby Unbalanced » Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:12 pm UTC

Just a couple days ago, somebody said "Wow, he has big-ass lips".

My friend and I cracked up.

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby Prince Myshkin » Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:58 pm UTC

I did this to myself today when I drove past a pothole and thought "that's a big-ass hole"

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby ClassholeInTraining » Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:29 pm UTC

Wow I thought I was the only one who did the jacket thing regulary
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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby msulis » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:47 am UTC

I couldn't stop laughing at this sign on Bourbon Street...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/msulis/4437840110/

I kept saying "boy I sure could go for a nice ass-beer right now... I'd even order a HUGE one if I could find it". my poor wife, the things she has to tolerate.


(i know i eliminated the hyphen entirely in my story, but it reads a little more obvious for the uninitiated)

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby markrokosmos » Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:51 pm UTC

All of you DO realize that the expression is "sweet as", not "ass", right? It's origin isn't the booty, but an incomplete simile. Something is "sweet as" in the same way that it is "sweet as" (sugar). Then it got hijacked into an adjective. That's one "sweet as" bike. I guess it sounds like "ass", but that's all the expression has in common with an ass. That said... whatever.

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby scarletmanuka » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:33 am UTC

markrokosmos wrote:All of you DO realize that the expression is "sweet as", not "ass", right? It's origin isn't the booty, but an incomplete simile. Something is "sweet as" in the same way that it is "sweet as" (sugar). Then it got hijacked into an adjective. That's one "sweet as" bike. I guess it sounds like "ass", but that's all the expression has in common with an ass. That said... whatever.


I don't believe that's true. Look, here's the abstract of a linguistics paper about it (page 5).

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Re: 0037: "Hyphen"

Postby pueben » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:42 am UTC

Image
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From The Unicorn from the Stars (1908). The edition in my book-shelf actually uses a hyphen: ass-car is written twice in the first act alone. I took a camera-picture, but the card-reader in my lap-top seems to be broken to-day, and I can't find my camera-cable.

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Re: 0037: "Hyphen"

Postby Roipoisson » Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:57 pm UTC

A friend posted a Facebook status about a vicious storm we were enduring. I replied with a comment about the "big-ass pecan branch" that had just fallen in my yard. He completed the exchange with, "mmm, been a long time since I've had ass-pecans." Touché.

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Postby Sean Quixote » Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:03 pm UTC

I like doing this only in the most suggestively ambiguous situations,

chelidon wrote:Ha, I couldn't help snickering after a classmate tried to sell me tickets to a picnic with "big-ass burgers." According to her, they're quite delicious.

like this. It sounds to me like the evil autism spectrum industry is at it again...

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Postby Ronsonic » Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:36 pm UTC

Adjective ass-noun.

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Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Postby UniqueScreenname » Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:22 am UTC

scarletmanuka wrote:
markrokosmos wrote:All of you DO realize that the expression is "sweet as", not "ass", right? It's origin isn't the booty, but an incomplete simile. Something is "sweet as" in the same way that it is "sweet as" (sugar). Then it got hijacked into an adjective. That's one "sweet as" bike. I guess it sounds like "ass", but that's all the expression has in common with an ass. That said... whatever.


I don't believe that's true. Look, here's the abstract of a linguistics paper about it (page 5).


That may be the most awesome paper I've ever seen.
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Re: 0037: "Hyphen"

Postby HeffayGuap » Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:52 pm UTC

I thought I was the only one who did this, until I read this comic. Good to know that I'm not alone in the universe of ass-nouns.


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