Someone on tv commented that this mid-term election is a “kick in the pants” election. I nodded my head and agreed with them. It is a “wake up” call to the Democrats to get their act together prior to the 1012 Presidential election. It seemed like a good comment to make. The commentator went on to say that poll information they had received indicated that a huge number of people reported that their intentions to vote Republican in 2010 were only “temporary” intentions. They wanted to send a message, but they had no intention of joining the Republican Party or even continuing to vote Republican in the future. They just didn’t know how else to let their Democratic leadership know that they are disappointed in the direction of the current administration. Maybe a “kick in the pants” would wake them up.
You can imagine my surprise, therefore, when I did my research and discovered that the meaning for the term “kick in the pants” is not about bringing somebody to their senses. To the contrary, the term means:
“someone or something that is very exciting, enjoyable, amusing, etc.: I think you’ll like her, she’s a real kick in the pants.”
“Maybe my being tough on him will help him to get started.