It isn't indecipherable (except to the clueless perhaps) and the fact one uses slang does not mean one is not capable of using far more lofty language at need, or desire. But there indisputably occur occasions on which it is most appropriate to exclaim with ostentatious learnedness and yet others where nothing is quite so succinct as an exclamation of "bad ass!" or something similar.
I really think you had to be pulling our legs. I can't imagine anyone not knowing the meaning of and never having heard the phrase "bad ass" unless you really do hang out with people who need to lower their noses to avoid drowning in a good hard rain.
EDIT: Oh wait - you linked to a list of all John Wayne movies as bad ones. You weren't joking. I am quite sure now that you have absolutely no clue about "bad ass."
You've actually made the point for me. Thank you.
It appears that "badass" is a term used by those who form their opinion of reality from media stereotypes.
Edit - What is a "clueless perhaps"? Sounds almost like something from "Alice in Wonderland"...
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