adverb & adjective
In a confused, disordered, or perversely contrary state or manner.

Mid 16th century: from arse + Latin versus ‘turned’, the addition of -y to both elements forming a jingle.


Sentence been arsy-versy has written this. [This sentence has been written arsy-versy.]

And you still want an illustration after that wonderful sentence?


Arsy-versy is a British term which has not caught on here in the US. I would think “Topsy-turvy” might be more common, but the more direct “ass backward” is considered crude. It is also interesting that the description of one’s bottom being behind really doesn’t seem to be the best description of things out of place. “Ass forward”, maybe?

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