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Old 10-03-2013, 09:18 PM
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Who coined the phrase "open up a can of whoop-ass"?

Obviously it was coined sometime after the first tin can was invented.

But who coined the phrase open up a can of whoop-ass?
Old 10-03-2013, 09:29 PM
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It came from that Chuck Norris movie where he went back to Nam to rescue Ross Perot's son. Can't remember the name ATM.
Old 10-03-2013, 09:33 PM
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Here it is.
Old 10-03-2013, 09:36 PM
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Uncommon Valor.
Old 10-03-2013, 09:39 PM
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I did. Now shut up about it or I'm gonna open a whole can of.... nevermind.





Old 10-03-2013, 09:44 PM
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Sorry no Chuck in that movie my bad.

Best part of that movie. Fast forward to 50 sec.

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Old 10-03-2013, 09:59 PM
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Lot of Tex Cobb, though, if I'm not mistaken. Why is he wearing sneakers??
Old 10-03-2013, 10:08 PM
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I thought the phrase was older than that movie. But can't recall when I first heard it. Tex was a guy that could open up a big can of whoop ass.

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How about "I'll rip off your head and shit down your neck!" ?

I first heard it from Dan Aykroyd in "Doctor Detroit" in 1983.

Anything earlier?

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Old 10-03-2013, 10:59 PM
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How about "I'll rip off your head and shit down your neck!" ?

I first heard it from Dan Aykroyd in "Doctor Detroit" in 1983.

Anything earlier?
I remember that from Trading Places, but it wasn't Aykroyd who said it.
Old 10-03-2013, 11:10 PM
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I remember that from Trading Places, but it wasn't Aykroyd who said it.
That was a similar variation: I'll rip out your eyes and piss on your brains.
Old 10-03-2013, 11:51 PM
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It was whup ass when I was growing up many years ago. Whooping was hollering.
Old 10-04-2013, 12:06 AM
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"I'll rip off your head and shit down your neck!" ?
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I'll rip out your eyes and piss on your brains.
I always liked: "I'll gouge your eyes out and skull fuck you."
Old 10-04-2013, 01:46 AM
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I always thought it was Tubadiva?
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This is from the early 90's. Theres quite a few comedy CD's featuring the character Roy D. Mercer. The Uncommon Valor quote by Tex Cobb still beats it by ten years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KMOD-FM
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The station was the home of disc jockeys Brent Douglas and Phil Stone, who originated the character Roy D. Mercer, the notorious and popular prank caller who regularly threatened to "open a can of whup-ass" on the person he called (for some fabricated wrong the person supposedly had done), only for the person to find out the call was a prank. Stone died in 2012, not long after he and Douglas were not allowed to continue their works as DJs due to the latter's refusal to sign a new contract.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_D._Mercer
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Brent Douglas and Phil Stone, disc jockeys on KMOD-FM, a rock radio station, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, created the Roy D. Mercer character in 1993.

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I always thought it was Al Sharpton.
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I wonder if there's any connection to the whoopie cushion, I mean, the ass is involved there.
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It was whup ass when I was growing up many years ago. Whooping was hollering.
Same here. Redneck speak for "whip ass".
Old 10-07-2013, 12:56 AM
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The etymological ancestry of this expression is traced back to the battle of Waterloo, in which Wellington, in a preface taunting to Napoleon, shouted, "Listen, ya bloody frog, and bugger off, or I shall proceed to unlid a full coop of arse-wallopping upon thee." The rest is history.
Old 10-07-2013, 04:58 AM
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It was whup ass when I was growing up many years ago. Whooping was hollering.
I was actually just thinking about this today. The "whoopass" spelling has always annoyed me. On the other hand, I have never seen the phrase "big whoop" pronounced "big hoop", though I suppose it ought to be (always "big whup").
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Though clearly he didn't start using the phrase until a few years after it was invented, the WWF's Stone Cold Steve Austin frequently threatened to open a can of whoop-ass on people.

And then usually proceeded to do so.

This led to a hilarious moment during a segment with Booker T in which the two of them were fighting in a supermarket. Booker briefly lost sight of Austin, and then heard the opening of a beer can directly behind him. Cue a hilarious wide-eyed look of horror as only Booker T could have pulled off.
Old 10-14-2013, 08:14 PM
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I don't know who was the first to say it, but I sure know one of, if not the first to "open a can":
Popeye the Sailor man.
Old 08-19-2015, 05:05 PM
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can of whoopass

I know for an absolute fact that it predates Uncommon Valor. My first job out of high school I worked with a guy that said it all the time. That was in July of 1979. He used the phrase when he was describing a boxing match he saw on TV.
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Poor Edna.
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WAG:

If you look at the entomology of most languages, grammar usually involves shortening of longer phrases because people are lazy:
I am -> I'm
The stars that are shining... -> the shining stars

So, the phrase "whup ass" is most likely a shortening of the common expression "...will whup his/her/their ass." The "can" part is likely to be a way to express intensity or pluralize it. Again, the theory of lazy grammar states that "can of whup ass" will more likely be used that "a six pack of whupass" or "a dozen extra large grade A helpings of whupass" or "a spoonful of whupass" (Will and Grace.)

So, while the origin of the phrase could have been done randomly at any time "whup" first met "ass," it wasn't popularized until "Stone Cold" Steve Austin used it as a catch phrase and started selling t-shirts with that on it, thus standardizing the plural/intense form.

Edit: "Intense form" usually is the more/most/-er/-est forms, although "he has the potential to be the wuppiest whupass whupasser there ever was" does deserve to enter the language.

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WAG:

If you look at the entomology of most languages, grammar usually involves shortening of longer phrases because people are lazy:
Entomology bugs a lot of people.
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Entomology bugs a lot of people.
Gaah, good catch.
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Entomology bugs a lot of people.
That flies in the face of logic.
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Entomology bugs a lot of people.
"What is that the study of, Inspector Clouseau?"

"Ents."
Old 09-02-2016, 08:50 PM
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can of whoop ass

Uncommon Valor was out in 1983. I first heard "open up a can of whoop ass" from a guy I worked with. The first story he ever told me, about a boxing match he watched, was in June of 1979. I have no clue where he heard it from. I've never heard anybody claim an earlier time.
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I just tried Google Ngram, and it gives a use of it in 1987:

https://books.google.com/books?id=my...69DQYQ6AEIKzAD

This is after Uncommon Valor, of course.
Old 09-03-2016, 12:52 AM
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I thought Tuba-Diva started it.
Old 09-03-2016, 01:27 AM
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Or TubaDiva.
Old 09-03-2016, 02:29 AM
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Uncommon Valor was out in 1983. I first heard "open up a can of whoop ass" from a guy I worked with. The first story he ever told me, about a boxing match he watched, was in June of 1979. I have no clue where he heard it from. I've never heard anybody claim an earlier time.
Didn't you tell us the exact same thing last year?
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