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?

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.

Here it is.

Uncommon Valor.

I did. Now shut up about it or I’m gonna open a whole can of… nevermind.


Sorry no Chuck in that movie my bad.

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

Lot of Tex Cobb, though, if I’m not mistaken. Why is he wearing sneakers??

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.

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.

That was a similar variation: I’ll rip out your eyes and piss on your brains.

It was whup ass when I was growing up many years ago. Whooping was hollering.

I always liked: “I’ll gouge your eyes out and skull fuck you.”

I always thought it was Tubadiva? :confused:

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.



I always thought it was Al Sharpton.

I wonder if there’s any connection to the whoopie cushion, I mean, the ass is involved there.

Same here. Redneck speak for “whip ass”.

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.

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”).