Date: Mon, 8 May 1995 10:45:34 EDT
From: "Janet M. Fuller" JMCFULL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UNIVSCVM.BITNET
Subject: Re: Anodyne expletives
. . . and asel. He believed the
latter to be German for ass-hole, although I don't think Germans ever refer
specifically to that orifice.
You have got to be kidding. Germans refer explicitly to everything,
even when others are eating.
I missed the background here, but I believe your 'asel' is
probably from "Esel", which is the German word for donkey.
The German word for ass-hole is "Arschloch", which is
a compound exactly parallel to the English construction.
It is, in Germany anyway, less frequently as an expletive
than in English, is my impression.