University of Georgia The letter by John B. The letter was part of a recent digitization of Civil War archives by a team of historians and linguists. The phrase appears in an letter from Confederate soldier John B. In this letter, Gregory relays his experience in the army and his opinion of his fellow soldiers and friends back home. Though the removal of this phrase from the rest of the text makes interpreting its meaning more difficult, the phrase seems to be in line with the modern use of this slang term.
I was wondering about the origin of Kicking Ass and Taking Names. Urban Dictionary is, of course, the expert of these idiom and jargon definitions. So the definition does supposedly come from kicking ass, then taking names for the next ass-whooping. However, the phrase is used to mean multiple successes in succession which is how I meant to use it.
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