Regarding the phrase “kick ass and take names”: whose names are supposedly being taken during this process? Is it the names of the people whose asses one has kicked (presumably taken for the purposes of bragging rights)? Or maybe the names of those whose asses one intends to kick at some future date (since, by virtue of poor planning, one might not have alloted sufficient time to complete one’s ass-kicking in a single session)? Perhaps it is yet some third option whose identity is presently unknown to me, but which the deductive powers of the collective minds of the SDMB can produce. Please advise.
A side note: during the composition of this post, it occurred to me that I was all out of bubble gum. Relevant? You decide.
I’ve always heard this as “Kick ass and take names later” – implying that the kicker wreaks havoc on all and sundry, and doesn’t bother to find out whose ass deservedly called for kicking till the fun’s over.
The same idea as “Shoot 'em all and let God sort 'em out.”
So, just how much physical dexterity does it take to kick ass and chew gum at the same time?
And if you spit out the gum before kicking ass, wouldn’t you be taking the chance that your foot would get stuck on the expectorated mastication, thus giving your kickee the chance to escape, or return fire?
And who actually goes somewhere with the specific intent of chewing bubblegum? Would one walk into a bank, declare, “I am here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and luckily for you I still have one stick left,” then proceed to stand there and chew? Because it seems to be an either/or situation, as Rowdy Roddy was able to kick ass without the gum.
I’m starting to suspect that They Live was sort of a silly movie. Huh.
I had always thought one kicked ass and took names so that one could, at a later date, return to check upon the ass kickees, and thereby verify that whatever situation caused one to commence kicking ass, had been resolved to one’s satisfaction.
The bubblegum is there as an added insult to the ass kickee. In effect saying to them “you are so weak and pathetic that I will not only kick your ass, but I will perform other feats of dexterity at the same time, as you you are not a suffient challenge to my ass kicking skills”
I’d always assumed that one kicked ass and took names afterwards so that you would remember whose ass you’d just kicked. Whether it was to avoid unnecessarily kicking their ass again or so you’d know when you’d run out of asses to kick is open to interpretation.
I had always assumed that one was taking names of the leaders/supervisors of the ass kickees, so one could track them (leaders/supervisors) down to kick their asses also, since their subordinates did whatever caused one to commence kicking ass in the first place.
I have to say that Ethermans explanations makes more sense.
No, it was definitely an AND situation, not an OR, meaning both were going to happen. What he was doing, basically, was saying, “I am going to chew bubblegum and THEN kick ass. Assuming I had a piece of gum, I would chew it, enjoy it, and possibly keep chewing it even after it lost its flavor and started to taste and feel like a pencil eraser. I would then follow this act with a copious amount of ass kicking. If you were smart, you’d be someplace else, because regardless of whether I spit out or swallow the gum, once the chewing stops the ass kicking starts. You would have that amount of time to escape with an unkicked ass. Unfortunately for all of you, however, I am just falsely raising hopes because I am OUT of bubblegum and therefore the ass kicking will commence immediately.”
I hope this clears things up. Silly movie? Don’t make me run out of bubblegum on you.