The Difference Between An Assh*le And A Douchebag

The Difference Between An Assh*le And A Douchebag
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Most people are familiar with the concept of the assh*le and the douchebag, but for those who are unfamiliar, these two entities are not one in the same. In fact, they are two extremely different things and should never be used interchangeably. Anyone can be an assh*le at any point in their lives; this is not a trait that will always be present. On the other hand, once you are a douchebag, it is exceedingly difficult to drop that title.

When you hear the terms assh*le and douchebag, you usually hear it in the following way: “You’re acting like an assh*le,” and “You are a douchebag.” This is because an assh*le is a personality trait, not a person’s identity. This is basically saying you’re not nice and it serves as a quality a person possesses. A douche is a noun; it’s who you are and what you are categorized as. Once a douche, always a douche. To break it down even more simply: a douchebag is permanent and an assh*le is temporary.

Urban Dictionary presents us with some eye-opening distinctions of these aforementioned terms.

Douchebag: Someone who has surpassed the levels of jerk and assh*le, however not yet reached f*cker or motherf*cker.

Assh*le: An obnoxious, arrogant, self-centered male who women can’t seem to get enough of; someone being arrogant, rude, obnoxious or just a total dickhead.

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You can see how these two expressions differ from one another. Men and women see these two classes of people quite differently. A guy would never refer to another guy as an assh*le because, let’s face it, all men have been assh*les at one point or another in their lifetimes and it would just be hypocritical to pass these judgments on other members of their own gender. However, men do not hesitate in calling other guys douchebags.

You know the guy who schemes his way into any and every situation: he’s the guy you don’t want in your fantasy league, he’s the guy who flakes on plans after overly committing to them, and he’s the guy you basically don’t f*ck with. Men respect other assh*les much more so than they would a douchebag, because honestly no one respects a dbag and an assh*le is somewhat of an admirable trait.

“Very thin line between arrogance and confidence…Being humble is that line. No one has ever said that humble guy is really an assh*le.” – Anonymous

Douchebags sometimes are unaware they are like this and become insulted when these remarks are cast upon them. Men relish the fact that they are acting like assh*les, telling their friends how they manipulated some chick into sleeping with them and so on and so forth. Assh*les will play the game of deception as if they invented it. They will text you strategically in order to get what they want.

They capitalize on this quality and use it to their advantage, but only in select circumstances. Douchebags won’t even take the extra step to hit up a girl they want. They put themselves in situations where the girl would come to them and have no idea of this alternate plan. Douchebags are conniving and only out for themselves, as they lack the empathy to take anyone else’s feelings into consideration.

tumblr_mnsgu4BnD71qg4knho1_1280Dangerous Complexity 

“These guys may not talk too much about relationships, but they sure do blush at telling moments, don’t they? Maybe that’s the key to understanding the opposite sex; I could invent a science, call it blushology.” – Jody Gehrman

An assh*le may be a lovely person on any other occasion, but in specific incidents, they know how to act. People who are very opinionated are often criticized as having this quality since they do not hold back their honest outlooks. Assh*les also tend to be quite sarcastic in nature, as they try to put a humorous spin on any given situation. These situations are when being an assh*le can actually be a positive thing.

You can tell you are dealing with a douchebag almost instantaneously. These people are self-centered, shallow and narcissistic. Prime example, Kanye West is a douchebag — do not even try and argue that one with me. A douchebag is a negative connotation for someone who is just an assh*le in every and all aspects of life. This person has all intentions of being perceived this way, thinking that it’s cool to act in such a disgusting manner.

In life, you will encounter your fair share of assh*les and douchebags, but how you handle each is quite different. An assh*le is one of those people you need to get to know to love, whereas a douchebag is someone you get to know and then you stay the f*ck away from.

As you go through life, it’s important to be able to recognize these two distinct people so you are better equipped at handling them. Chances are you are encountering assh*les and douchebags on a daily basis. You can tell by the way they talk, the way they carry themselves and the way in which they dress.

The most common word to come out of a douchebag’s mouth is some variation of the word “bro.” Assh*les, on the other hand, simply refer to people as “f*ckers,” thank you Steve Stifler. Assh*les don’t give a sh*t about what they’re wearing, which actually enhances the fact that they are in fact assh*les. These people show up to a formal event in sneakers and snapbacks. Douchebags are meticulous about their appearance — see hair gel and boat shoes. This person always has an agenda in comparison to an assh*le that simply just doesn’t give a flying F.

Hmm…what enchanting people…which would you rather encounter in life, a dbag or an a-hole?

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