Truly the popular phrase "Hello ass - New Year" in meaning is consonant with "Here are those on" or "Well, they have sailed", that is, it expresses not very happy surprise on any occasion. It is interesting that its origin is most likely. However, the Latin word annus, "year" is very similar to the Latin anus - "anus", which, most likely, was at first the reason for numerous jokes about "Happy New Ass!" (Felix Sit Anus Novus!) Among seminarians studying Latin. Later, already in Russian translation, the phrase went to the people, having lost the original play on words, and in return acquired the rhythmic pattern of chorea with the last syllable dropped out.