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make an ass out of somebody




In the lesson Stereotypes 

Brian:  Because you know what they say about assuming?

Kellie:  Yes.

Brian:  It makes an ass out of you and me.

What does the phrase “make an ass out of” mean here?

12:53 PM Jun 17 2015 |

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Teacher AmySuper Member!

United States

Hi CharmYou,

The expression “It makes an ass out of you and me” is both a joke and an expression at the same time. An important thing to know first is that an “ass” is the original term for a donkey. 

The literal meaning is that when you assume (think that something is true without knowing for sure that it’s true), it can make you look foolish. For example, let’s say that you assume you’re going to be given a job and you tell everyone you’re going to get it. But then, the job is given to someone else. That might make you feel foolish.

The expression is also a joke because the word assume is spelled: ass + u + me. It’s the kind of joke that makes people groan because it’s so bad!

I hope this helps.



02:19 AM Jun 18 2015 |




LOL. I thought ass meant butt. Didn’t know it could also mean donkey.

Thanks for your help Amy. You can always point out things that I didn’t pick up in the first place. You’re really helpful. :)

Have a great day, Amy!

10:11 AM Jun 20 2015 |

Teacher AmySuper Member!

United States

My pleasure!

For the record, yes… ass also means butt. If you called someone an “ass” a long time ago, it probably meant donkey. Today, calling someone an “ass” is like calling that person a jerk. Basically, it’s an insult.

I hope you have a great day, too!


03:21 PM Jun 20 2015 |