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  1. B45
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    Making a joke: My landlord's old beetle won't start, I'm going to kick it in the ars

    Making a joke: My landlord's old beetle won't start, I'm going to kick it in the arse and see if it'll/it would get him started.


    Are both okay? What would a native say?

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    Re: Making a joke: My landlord's old beetle won't start, I'm going to kick it in the

    "My landlord's old beetle won't start. I'm going to kick it in the arse and see if that will get him started."
    If you're going to call the Beetle (I assume it's a Volkswagen) 'it', you shouldn't change to 'him', unless that's part of the joke. (I don't pretend to get it.)
    'Would' is wrong if you're using "I'm going to ..." You could say "I could kick him in the arse to see if that would get him started."

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    Re: Making a joke: My landlord's old beetle won't start, I'm going to kick it in the

    I'd kick it up the arse.

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    Re: Making a joke: My landlord's old beetle won't start, I'm going to kick it in the

    Cars and other machines are usually referred to in female terms, if one is inclined to personify them. You would try to get her going.

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    Re: Making a joke: My landlord's old beetle won't start, I'm going to kick it in the

    I've only ever named one of my cars (my first) and that was "Parsley the Polo". It was definitely male. However, I agree that generally, we refer to forms of transport using female terms.

    I agree with "up the *rse", not "in".

    I don't get the joke.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Making a joke: My landlord's old beetle won't start, I'm going to kick it in the

    Do beetles even have arses? I guess they must do, in a fashion.
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    Last edited by emsr2d2; 14-Jul-2014 at 15:26. Reason: tiny typo

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    Re: Making a joke: My landlord's old beetle won't start, I'm going to kick it in the

    It seems a Polo is a type of VW. We don't have them here. They once made VW Rabbits in a plant in my county, but that's something we don't like to think about.

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    Re: Making a joke: My landlord's old beetle won't start, I'm going to kick it in the

    Ha ha. Yes, driving around in a Rabbit here would get a few laughs. The VW Polo was the smallest car they made (at that time), then the Golf, then the Jetta, and so on.
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    Re: Making a joke: My landlord's old beetle won't start, I'm going to kick it in the

    In AmE, we usually say "kick it in the ass" not "up the ass". For me "up the ass" creates certain anatomic impossibilities.

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    Re: Making a joke: My landlord's old beetle won't start, I'm going to kick it in the

    The old Beetles that I have driven in my time all had engines in the rear. If you're going to kick one to get it started, I guess the arse is the place to do it.

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