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Old 06-24-2014, 01:06 AM   #1
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Default Where did the phrase "I don't give a rat's ass" originate

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Old 06-24-2014, 01:09 AM   #2
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Just curious
Seems like it was a movie and it was "I don't give a happy rat's ass"

Not sure.

Edit: according to wiki answers nobody knows where it came from. Just slag from the 90's


I will use it in a sentence. Who won the college World Series game #1

Answer: I don't give a rat's ass.
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:14 AM   #3
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Default Re: Where did the phrase "I don't give a rat's ass" originate

90's? Seems older
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Default Re: Where did the phrase "I don't give a rat's ass" originate

Definitely older than the 90's. In print as early as 1953, and a similar phrase can be found in Twain ("I don't give a dead rat."). I'm basically just repeating what I read at this link (which has more, including a theory about WWII origins. More likely it came from the Illuminati as channeled by circus people and Heinz products.)

http://english.stackexchange.com/que...-ass-come-from
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Default Re: Where did the phrase "I don't give a rat's ass" originate

And, then there is this.
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Definitely older than the 90's. In print as early as 1953, and a similar phrase can be found in Twain ("I don't give a dead rat."). I'm basically just repeating what I read at this link (which has more, including a theory about WWII origins. More likely it came from the Illuminati as channeled by circus people and Heinz products.)

http://english.stackexchange.com/que...-ass-come-from
I think you are on to something.
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Default Re: Where did the phrase "I don't give a rat's ass" originate

Who gives a rats ass about where it came from?
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:00 PM   #9
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Seems like it was a movie and it was "I don't give a happy rat's ass"

Not sure.

Edit: according to wiki answers nobody knows where it came from. Just slag from the 90's


I will use it in a sentence. Who won the college World Series game #1

Answer: I don't give a rat's ass.
LMAO! I resemble that remark!

Can't give points but would if possible...
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:13 PM   #10
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Default Re: Where did the phrase "I don't give a rat's ass" originate

I'm not certain, but I bet The Yancey came up with it..queue crazy ass story in 3...2....1...
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Default Re: Where did the phrase "I don't give a rat's ass" originate

No clue, but I could see it originating from fur trading. Somebody brings a mangled, beat up pelt and the other guy says "I wouldn't give a rat's ass for that" and it eventually evolves into the phrase as we know it. Pure conjecture on my part though.
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Default Re: Where did the phrase "I don't give a rat's ass" originate

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Who gives a rats ass about where it came from?

I know I don't give a fat baby's dick where it came from.
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I know I don't give a fat baby's dick where it came from.
I just laughed waaaay too hard at this. Points when I can.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:08 PM   #14
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Solid thread - I literally wonder about stuff like this all the time.
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My best friend growing up was originally from Alabama. He had an uncle
Jim that visited him about once a year and would spend a couple of weeks
with his mom and dad in Fountain Inn. That old dude used to crack me
up with all those old phrases of his similar to that.

He's say stuff like "I don't give a F*** from Friday about that".
or
"What in the BLUE HELL was that" ?

He'd use that "Rat's Ass" phrase a lot, but it included the word fat in it.
as in "I Don't Give A Fat Rat's Ass"

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