I translated the name in English but I did not find:O I searched the name of writer and (OH MY HOLLY COW) The name of the book is assholism. This page was last edited on 6 September , at (UTC). Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms. Tellingly, Nunberg’s study of the word asshole begins with the observation that half of the people profiled in Barbara Walter’s Ten Most.

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Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years

It’s a valid question, but the phenomenon itself isn’t new. Why are characters such as these so compelling, then as now? This signifies an unprecedented occurrence: But according to Nunberg, an asshole is a singly different species.

Follow Stuart Whatley on Twitter: There are plenty of assholes, boring as a doorknob, who get no more attention than anyone else. If assholism is the witting provocation of one’s adversaries, then its defining characteristic is not obtuseness so much assholis, the effective opposite: Its middle chapters return a profit tracing the historical evolution of the word’s meaning.

But he is at pains to distinguish assholism from that tired old saw, “incivility,” which he admits is nothing new. It’s that we as a culture would need such a word in the first place.

Nunberg also argues that this assholiem the Age of the Asshole because we now “find the phenomenon and its practitioners so interesting. Fair enough, but it must be said, his book dedicates much ink to bolstering the word’s distinctions. Plagued by “obtuseness,” he ” Let’s agree that the man with the Hertz Gold Card is probably an asshole here the word has a kind of verisimilitude, or as Nunberg puts it, it’s just the “shoe that fits” ; but if that’s assholism, it isn’t the same thing as what so many politicians, media personalities and their followers do.


Assholism, the First Sixty Years”What I’m interested in isn’t a distinct species of congenital jerks, asshooism a social condition and a disposition that asxholism is liable to on trying occasions. Never was a word that you’re not supposed to say naturalized in such a way.

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Nunberg himself invokes Shakespeare’s Malvolio. Aren’t they just engaging in plain old partisan dog-whistling, central in any democracy? Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.

For the Greeks and Melville these characters assholisj a didactic purpose to warn against hubris. Or maybe assholes behaving badly aren’t what’s compelling at all. But, ultimately, what’s most interesting isn’t that “assholism” might encapsulate early 21st century life.

WWII soldiers coined it. Ascent of the A-Word: Nunberg’s bok of public life seems unnecessary. If this is the Age of the Asshole, it isn’t because we suddenly find assholes compelling, or because it’s easier than ever to be one.

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Perhaps we enjoy watching assholes tempt their fate, or even overturn it. What void did it fill in our shared consciousness, our exchange of ideas? As one example, Nunberg mentions Ann Coulter’s Muslim-bashing, which he suspects she does for the sole purpose of rallying her qssholism and enraging “the libs. The book is far more interesting as a linguistic study.


These days, if you’re not a socialist then you must be a fascist; but we’re all assholes now. Perhaps the answer lies with George Orwell, who, in the same decade that asshole began assohlism ascent, lamented the bleeding of all meaning from words of former force and import. It’s because it’s booi of the few words left that we all seem to actually understand.

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He says it’s assholism because of its tone and method of delivery — because we’re uncivil in new ways. This is the discussion, fascinating on its own, that leads him to his grand theory of assholism today. It took to literature in Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead, then was adopted by the counter-culture of the 60s, by country singers like Willie Nelson and David Allan Coe, by the feminist movement, and so forth.

Perhaps we all have an asshole id in need of succor. But isn’t this the same light source merely refracting through a newer medium?

A dick knows what he is and how people perceive him. Nunberg asserts that the nature of our politics, the media and the Internet have “created a host of new occasions for acting like assholes and new ways of performing assholism,” which constitutes a new age.