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Re: Ass metonymy (WAS: a bad essay)

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Friday, February 6, 2009, 4:56
On Feb 5, 2009, at 9:22 PM, Sai Emrys wrote:

> This looks suspicious to me: > >> If a koala goes in the water it won't be able to breathe with its >> little short ass. It'd fucking drown soon aas it take one step >> into the water. While they at the river trying to get something to >> drink a bear could just come to him and snatch its ass up. It >> doesn't know protection because they don't have protection. What >> they little ass going to do? It can't scratch him. The bear will >> beat his fucking ass. > > Namely, "What they little ass going to do?". > > It seems to me that this ass-metonymy is invalid even in AAVE > ("African American Vernacular English" - an academic's way to say > "ebonics"), though the other instances are.
I don't know about how valid it is, but this reminds me: I recently read something that listed a few examples of metonymy, and it said something about "buttocks" being used to refer to a person. I remember wondering at the time which languages that happened in (besides colloquial English). Questions: 1. What are some other languages where this specific metonymy occurs? 2. Where might I have read that? I am currently reading _Describing morphosyntax_, but I'm not sure where to look. (And the book isn't searchable through Amazon or Google... grrr.)
> > It's hard for me to articulate why though. Something to do with > agentivity, I think; one can say e.g. "you best sit yo ass on the > curb" or "I'mma make yo ass do [something]". But one can't say e.g. > "yo ass just stepped up". > > Comment or correction from those of you who've dealt with this more > (either by living in the right neighborhoods or studying them)? > > - Sai