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January 14, 2009

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Slang of the Week ass antlers (noun phrase)
a tattoo on the lower back

Zelda told the tattoo artist that she wanted some really spectacular ass antlers. “I’m thinking of a jackalope design,” she said.

Celebrity quote
“Friedman began his speech by talking about his afternoon on the Tayelet where, after lunch, he saw a comely young woman in a crop top walking around and visible on her lower back was an elaborate tattoo…Never mind the religious prohibition against tattoos in Judaism, never mind the general tackiness of “ass antlers” and their hint at a willingness to engage in certain back door activities - the audience ate it up.” blogger CK

Like the blogger above, many men believe that ass antlers are something women wear to advertise their sexual availability (though not all take their placement quite as literally as CK does). In the popular comedy The Wedding Crashers, for instance, Jeremy (played by Vince Vaughn) and his friend John (Owen Wilson) spend most of their time going to strangers’ weddings hoping to find desperate bridesmaids looking for sex, but they have other methods for finding easy targets. “Tattoo on the lower back? Might as well be a bull’s-eye,” Jeremy explains.

Ass antlers is the literal translation of the German slang Arschgeweih, and over the last few years, it been gaining in popularity, though it hasn’t caught up to the more traditional American synonym tramp stamp. That term is more derogatory, since a tramp is a promiscuous woman; another similarly negative expression for this tattoo is hag tag.

As you may have guessed from the image of antlers, these are often symmetrical designs that resemble horns rising up above the waistband of a pair of jeans. However, ass antlers can also describe tattoos that don’t look so “horny.” I saw, for example, a tattoo of the Olympic rings (on the lower back of an athlete) tagged as ass antlers on the photo sharing site.

Visual examples of “traditional” ass antler designs: #1 #2

What’s New?
New Song Translation: Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) by Beyoncé
New Ask AC: Popeyes

Take a look in our bookstore for books and DVDs on all kinds of slang! This week’s pick: FUBAR F---ed Up Beyond All Recognition: Soldier Slang of World War II by Gordon L. Rottman