Thursday, June 5, 2008

Ass Whiter Than Shoulders

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I was listening to the recent program of Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life, “The Prosecutor”, and one particular guy said:

My dad always used to say, ‘Never trust a man whose ass is whiter than his shoulders.’ And it’s good advice.”

What could he possibly mean? It probably has something to do with class distinction, e.g. workers vis-à-vis bureaucrats and decision makers. I’m still trying to figure it out.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It means someone loves you despite having an elbow that absorbs all colors. :)

Angeli said...

Imperfections can sometimes be endearing qualities. :)

Anonymous said...

I heard the podcast and the guy said,
"...whose ass is wider than his shoulders."

That means someone who is a chair jockey (a pencil pusher). :)

Angeli said...

didn't he say whiter? i'll listen to it again.. :)

Anonymous said...

I heard "whiter" too, and figured it was a reference to the white shoulders that go with an honest workingman's farmer tan.

My wife heard "wider" - either is kind of cool.

Angeli said...

i could have sworn he said "whiter" and not "wider".

Anonymous said...

Anonymous is saying don't trust the farmboy because he has a whiter ass.

What is cool about that?

Angeli said...

if i understood correctly, either of the words - wider or whiter - which ever was used by the speaker, makes the "saying" cool.

Anonymous said...

I think he said "wider," and I believe it is a comment on the petty meanness and lack of robustness of world view that characterizes certain bureaucratic types who have spent a lot more time sitting on their backsides than doing "honest" work.

 
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