The ascent of the A-word: assholism, the first sixty years

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It first surfaced in the gripes of GIs during World War II and was captured early on by the typewriter of a young Norman Mailer. Within a generation, it had become a basic notion of our everyday moral life, replacing older reproaches like lout and heel with a single inclusive category-a staple of country outlaw songs, Neil Simon plays, and Woody Allen movies. Feminists made it their stock rebuke for male insensitivity, the est. movement used it for those who didn't "get it," and Dirty Harry applied it evenhandedly to both his officious superiors and the punks he manhandled. The asshole has become a focus of collective fascination for us, just as the phony was for Holden Caulfield and the cad was for Anthony Trollope. From Donald Trump to Ann Coulter, from Mel Gibson to Anthony Weiner, from the reality TV prima donnas to the internet trolls and flamers, assholism has become the characteristic form of modern incivility, which implicitly expresses our deepest values about class, relationships, authenticity, and fairness. We have conflicting attitudes about the A-word-when a presidential candidate unwittingly uttered it on a live mic in 2000, it confirmed to some that he was a man of the people and to others that he was a bore. But considering how much the word does for us, and to us, it hasn't gotten nearly the attention it deserves-at least until now.
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subject_facet English language -- Obscene words, LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies, LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General, Language arts, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture, Words, Obscene
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title The ascent of the A-word : assholism, the first sixty years
title_display The ascent of the A-word : assholism, the first sixty years
title_full Ascent of the a-word : assholism, the first sixty years [electronic resource] / Geoffrey Nunberg, The ascent of the A-word : assholism, the first sixty years / Geoffrey Nunberg
title_short The ascent of the A-word :
title_sort ascent of the a-word assholism, the first sixty years
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topic English language Obscene words, LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies, LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General, Language arts, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture, Words, Obscene
topic_facet English language, Language arts, Obscene words, Words, Obscene