“Bugger off smart arse!”

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"Bugger off" is a rude British term for "go away and stop bothering me."

"Smart arse" is a rude British term (equivalent to the rude American term "smart ass") that means a person who is not being serious.

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    A "smart arse" is not someone who is "not being serious"; it is someone who shows off their knowledge or learning, or who is too often sarcastic. – Michael Harvey Aug 22 at 15:55
  • So is showing off or being sarcastic being serious? Is someone who is being frivolous never accused of being a "smart arse"? – Jeff Morrow Aug 22 at 17:27
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    A smart arse is a particularly annoying kind of person, like a "clever dick". One can be playfully frivolous without annoying people. – Michael Harvey Aug 22 at 18:35
  • OK. I shall grant "annoying," it was the limiting nature of why someone being annoying that was bothering me. – Jeff Morrow Aug 22 at 22:32

This can be broken down to two distinct slang elements, both impolite/insulting:

  • "Bugger off" - Go away
  • "smartarse" - person who is using their intelligence, seemingly to show off (see also, clever clogs)

This is a reasonable example of a classically British use of swearing.

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    Buggery is anal sex. Curiously, in the British scale, "bugger off" is less profane that "f**k off". – Michael Harvey Aug 22 at 15:52
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    "Bugger off, smartarse" has two allusions to the posterior. Is that a British preoccupation? – Michael Harvey Aug 22 at 16:45

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