You called President Bush an asshole,"—to which Chavez replied, "I've said various things about him. Jack Conte December 8, A Theory , gives a more precise meaning of the word, particularly to its connotation in the United States: Little Dorrit Charles Dickens. In addition to the idiom beginning with ass. How to use a word that literally drives some people nuts. Equivalent to so ; any distinction in use is purely idiomatic.