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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For the Greeks and Melville these characters served a didactic purpose to warn against hubris.

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WWII soldiers coined it. Never was a word that you’re not supposed to say naturalized in such a way. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sssholism straight to you. Its middle chapters return a profit tracing the historical evolution of the word’s meaning.

But according to Nunberg, an asshole is a singly different species.

It’s that we ashsolism a culture would need such a word in the first place. Perhaps we all have an asshole id in need of succor. He says it’s assholism because of its tone and method of delivery — because we’re uncivil in new ways.

Perhaps we enjoy watching assholes tempt their fate, or even overturn it. But isn’t this the same light source merely refracting through a newer medium? If this is the Nook 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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If assholism is the witting provocation of one’s adversaries, then its defining characteristic is not obtuseness so much as the effective opposite: It’s a valid question, but the phenomenon itself isn’t new.

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 assholism, media personalities and their followers do.

This is the discussion, fascinating on its own, that leads him to his grand theory of assholism today.

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

Or maybe assholes behaving badly aren’t what’s compelling at all. These days, if you’re not a socialist then you must be a fascist; but we’re all assholes now. What void did it fill in our shared consciousness, our exchange of ideas? Fair enough, but it must be said, his book dedicates much ink to bolstering the word’s distinctions. This signifies an unprecedented occurrence: It’s because it’s one of the few words left that boom all seem to actually understand. Aren’t they just engaging in plain old partisan dog-whistling, central in any democracy?

Perhaps the answer lies with George Orwell, who, in the same decade that asshole began its ascent, lamented the bleeding of all meaning from words of former force and import. Follow Stuart Whatley on Twitter: 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.


A dick knows what he is and how people perceive him. Ascent of the A-Word: Nunberg asserts that the nature of our politics, the media and the Internet have “created a host of new occasions assholizm acting like assholes and new ways of performing assholism,” which constitutes a new age. Nunberg’s diagnosis of public life seems unnecessary.

Assholism – Wikipedia

Nunberg also argues that this is the Age of the Asshole because we now “find the phenomenon and its practitioners so interesting. Why are characters such as these so compelling, then as now? But, ultimately, what’s most interesting isn’t that “assholism” might encapsulate early 21st century life. Assholism, the First Sixty Years”What I’m interested in isn’t a distinct species of congenital jerks, but a social condition and a disposition that everyone is liable to on trying occasions.

assholism – Wiktionary

Plagued by “obtuseness,” he ” As one example, Nunberg mentions Ann Coulter’s Muslim-bashing, which he suspects she does for the sole purpose of rallying her fans and enraging “the libs. The book is far more interesting as a linguistic study.

But he is wssholism pains to distinguish assholism from that tired old saw, “incivility,” which he admits is nothing new. Nunberg himself invokes Shakespeare’s Malvolio. There are plenty of assholes, boring as a doorknob, who get no more attention than anyone else.