National Ass Day

Sweet donkey with a golden crown on its head, standing in a lush green meadow, surrounded by flowers. The donkey is wearing a colorful blanket with a palanquin on its back, symbolizing the hard work and dedication of these unsung heroes. The scene is set against a beautiful sunset sky, casting a warm glow over the entire landscape..
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If you think National Ass Day is all about cheeky displays, take another guess. It’s actually centered on the 'Ass', an unassuming diminutive of 'Asinus', as in the donkey species! So, brace yourselves for an unloaded serving of donkey trivia, did you knows, history, and wholesome fun on four legs.

When is Ass Day?

It's national ass day on the 18th October.

The Tale of Tails, not what you think!

If you're already rolling on the floor laughing, get up! National Ass Day, celebrated with 9550 mentions on October 18, 2019, is actually a day in honor of our long-eared, bray-voiced friends – the humble donkeys or 'asses'. Yes, you read that right!

A Day for the Unsung Hero

Now, we can't let this big 'ass' misunderstanding slide without unburdening some of the heavy lifting these creatures do. Did you know that donkeys have been working tirelessly alongside humans for over 5000 years? They’ve carried hefty burdens, tilled hard land, and even accompanied soldiers into battle. They are truly beasts of burden.

A Donkey Celebration

On National Ass Day, it’s time to pay our respects and show some love to these hardworking, often overlooked creatures. How, you ask? Share a fact about donkeys on your social media, wear a donkey-themed tee, or perhaps, if you're adventurous, give a nod to your local friendly donkey with an apple or carrot treat!

Wrap-it up with a Bow

Let's hoist this celebration onto our backs and carry the love forward for these stalwart creatures. After all, if you thought National Ass Day was about the 'rear end' of jokes, just remember - it's the donkeys that are having the last 'hee-haw'!

History behind the term 'Ass'

13th century

Origins in Old English

The term 'ass' can be traced back to the 13th century, where it originates from the Old English word 'ass(a)', derived from the Proto-Germanic 'as(s)inō'. The word referred specifically to a domesticated donkey, which played a vital role in transportation and labor during this time.

14th century

Evolution and Verb Usage

By the 14th century, the term 'ass' expanded its usage beyond just referring to donkeys. It started being used to describe the animal's anatomy, specifically the posterior. This was influenced by the Latin word 'asellus,' meaning 'little she-ass.' Additionally, a verb form of 'ass' emerged, meaning 'to behave stupidly or stubbornly,' reflecting the perceived characteristics of donkeys.

18th century

Figurative Usage

During the 18th century, 'ass' took on a more figurative meaning, becoming an informal term used to refer to a person's backside or buttocks. This usage was influenced by the association of donkeys with stupidity or foolishness, as well as the physical resemblance of a donkey's posterior to the human anatomy.

20th century

American Slang

In the early 20th century, 'ass' grew in popularity as American slang, often used to express annoyance, frustration, or to emphasize something negatively. This colloquial usage of 'ass' became more widespread with the rise of popular culture, movies, and music, further embedding it in contemporary language.


Modern Usage

Today, the term 'ass' continues to be used in various contexts. It can refer to someone's buttocks, as well as symbolize stubbornness or foolishness. However, it's important to note that the term's usage can vary in different cultures and may be considered vulgar or offensive in certain contexts.

Did you know?

Here's a fun fact to tickle your funny bone: An ass is actually more closely related to a zebra than a horse. You could say they’re the stripeless cousins in the family!


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First identified

18th April 2015

Most mentioned on

18th October 2019

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