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How did the word "Jackass" become pejorative?

Asked by Knotmyday (7488points) June 19th, 2008

Donkeys are generally agreeable little chaps…How did they get such a bad rap?

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Mitchell's avatar

Its the same as the word COW but for males. Sort of like C-nt and P-ick

wildflower's avatar

Donkeys can be stubborn little buggers and they make a lot if noise when they don’t agree…....maybe that’s got something to do with it?

Trustinglife's avatar

Yeah, that makes sense to me, wildflower. What an interesting question, knotmyday!

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

I consider myself somewhat literate and I have heard the word “pejorative” before, but I’ll be darned if I knew what it meant. So thanks for letting me learn something new today. By the way, I went to Dictioanry to get the full definition and that gave me a new word to learn about: poetaster. Rather than being one who would bite and eat Poe, it is, actually, a perjorative for a writer of bad poetry.

Sorry for the short hijack of the thread…..

charybdys's avatar

Dog and Pig can be pejorative too. Donkey is also pejorative in other languages, like Croatian.

They all say that you’re less than human.

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