Dictionary Rant: Word – Assoil

Forgive me. I just came across this word and I couldn’t help myself.

Perhaps it’s the voices of the monster in my head, but seriously, just look at that word! Is there anything in the word ‘Assoil’ that would even infer it’s actual meaning?

Okay, shall we begin with the first three letters – ASS. Now, the first picture slamming into my overfilled brain is that of the nether regions of something, umm… well the nether region of anything really, but you get the nether part so we shall proceed.
The second image fighting for space is, of course, the sad cousin of the donkey, and that kindly relates to anything stupid, silly, asinine, an idiot, a nincompoop … okay let’s stop there, before my poor highly amused head explodes…

Now on to the last four letters – SOIL. Right, so first image is dirt, sand, stuff underfoot you know, stuff on the ground and that takes us stamping over to the well related meaning of making something dirty. Yes, when something clean is made dirty it is ‘soiled’ isn’t it? Like, a shoe in horses p**p, or a nappy and babyp**p…. Ok I think you get where I’m going with this…

So given these two very easily understood connotations of the parts of the word assoil we are left with a conglomeration of images quite understandably related to nether regions, donkeys and p**p.

Then how in the name of the sweet universe can this word, Assoil, mean ‘To absolve; acquit; pardon’

Sigh … Rant over!

I do hope you see fit to assoil me in this matter as I am but a mere student to the English language.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Karen says:

    lol Tee, to absolve? Does it absolve the soil or the ass??? Very much enjoyed this post. :o)


    1. Tee G Ayer says:

      Thanks Karen, it was such a knee jerk post. But the thought of its real meaning cracked me up. Glad you enjoyed it too lol.


  2. habisha says:

    That was good. I’ve been getting new words from Wordsmith every day. I have litterally hundreds of words I’ll never use. I’ll look some of them up and share them with you.


    1. Tee G Ayer says:

      Please do! I’m sure we can have some more fun with them!


  3. J.C says:

    lol I’d never heard of the word assoil before this, and can’t say I will ever use it!!! Too funny.


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