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\ \ [OE] Arse is a word of considerable antiquity, and its relatives are found practically from end to end of the geographical range of the Indo-European language family, from Old Irish errtail’ in the west to Armenian orrump’. Its Indo-European source was *órsos, which produced the Germanic form *arsaz: hence German arsch, Dutch aars, and, via Old English ærs, English arse. The euphemistic American spelling ass appears to be as recent as the 1930s, although there is one isolated (British) record of it from 1860.
\ \ The term wheatear, for a thrushlike European bird, is an alteration over time of a Middle English epithet ‘white arse’, after its white rump feathers.

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