The stupidest things keep me awake at night. It might be a thought that I’m tailing, or it might be a collection of ideas. Sometimes it can be one word. Like last night...

Yesterday, Nettl said that someone was an asshat. A simple statement, really, but it was all my brain needed. When I finally went to bed, I kept thinking about the word. Asshat.

Who made up the word and how did it get to be so popular? Somewhere out there is that one person who first said, “What an asshat!” I suppose he or she used it on their weblog or something, and it began to get around.

What a word! Asshat. I want to know exactly what an asshat is. Our brains function largely through symbols, but I can’t get a picture in my head when I hear the word. I mean, is it a hat that looks like an ass, or is it a jaunty little hat that your ass is supposed to wear? If it’s the former, who would wear such a thing, and if it’s the latter, how could one wear it? My brain sees something vaguely pink and wrinkled, but beyond that, it’s left imageless. I did the logical thing. I went asshat surfing.

The Urban Dictionary:
1) One who has their head up their ass. Thus wearing their ass as a hat and
2) A person, of either gender, whose behavior displays such ignorance/obnoxiousness that you would like to make them wear their own ass as a hat.

That’s the only site that was any real help, but it still doesn’t tell me what I need to know. Not really. So I am left to wonder about asshats and who invented them, and if I give a rat’s ass…hat.


  1. Yeah, somebody had to come up with it first. I stand in total awe of First Timers.

    Like, the guy who first saw a pig wallowing in his own muck and went “Mmmmm… THAT’LL taste good I betcha!”

    Where would we BE without those guys??

  2. Strangely enough, I had never heard the word until I heard you use it…it is odd…

  3. Thaddeus the GreatAugust 19, 2007 at 7:25 PM

    The first I heard the term was several years ago. It’s fairly common terminology if you play MMO’s (Massive Multiplayer Online games). Someone said it and it has since made it’s way through the internet community. I’ve always found it used in regards to people who are making an ass of themselves whether in their logic or in their blog/forum/community gathering place attacks on others and is also used as a derogatory term in general.

    I’ve recently been curious myself about the actual terminology itself and wanted to see if I could find more. Sadly, or maybe fortunately, the above info was the same that I found.

  4. Asshat means the rest of your body is simply a hat for your ass.


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