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I bumped into this sentence in a web post. I am wondering how "benign ass a lone chocolate chip" works here? I searched 'benign ass' on the web, but no luck. Can someone help to explain?

It could be something as benign ass a lone chocolate chip in your vanilla ice cream.

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    As, not ass. "As benign as a lone chocolate chip". The "as X as a ..." structure is fairly basic English. Funny, though. – Andrew Sep 15 '17 at 3:09
  • So, it's a typo then. :( – dan Sep 15 '17 at 3:31
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    Yes, but the funny part is that there is actually a slang where you can call something an (adjective)-ass (noun), e.g. "I'm a grown-ass man!" At first I thought that's what this sentence was saying (a benign-ass chocolate chip) until I read it more carefully. The "ass" part of this slang doesn't mean anything, it's just a bit of vulgarity used for emphasis. – Andrew Sep 15 '17 at 3:55
  • At least, now I learnt the slang (adjective)-ass. Does a grown-ass man mean an adult bad guy? – dan Sep 15 '17 at 5:45
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    No, it's just a way of saying "I'm a grown man!" (meaning "I'm an adult, not a child") but with extra emphasis. Similarly "That's a stupid-ass idea" means "that's a really stupid idea". I'm not sure how common it is outside of the United States, though. – Andrew Sep 15 '17 at 14:38

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