The expression "Pompous Ass" has a certain
majesty to it. Contrary to most definitions, I picture the
individual proud in his or her understandings, bold in support of his or
her opinion, but infuriating only because he or she is sometimes correct.
This correctness achieves the status of 'Ass' when
unsupported by empathy. I will watch the expression and I will know
quite quickly who I am in company with. The "Pompous Ass"
has no smile, but buried in the lines of his or her face I can read the
words, "You are a fool". Making it almost impossible for
me to accept that I might be wrong.
Quite possibly "Pompous Ass" is an inherited trait. One is
born to the position. Perhaps even one aspires to it. Follows
the caravan to conferences, becomes a groupie and so on. Nor am I ever
quite certain whether I am in their number.
"Pompous Little Shit", on the other hand is a preamble to some
sort of physical confrontation. Suggests a situation of emotion and instability
likely to escalate.
Fond as I
am of the former expression, I find that, of the two expressions, I use the
latter more often. When muttered with sufficient bitterness of tone it
is actually very comforting and is considerably cheaper than a bottle of