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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Plagued by “obtuseness,” he ” Fair enough, but it must be said, his book dedicates much ink to bolstering the word’s distinctions.

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

Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Assholism, the First Sixty Aesholism”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. It’s that we as a culture would need such a word in the first place.

But he is at pains to distinguish assholism from that tired old saw, “incivility,” which he admits is nothing new.

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

Never was a word that you’re not supposed to say naturalized in such a way.


WWII soldiers coined it. What void did it fill in our shared consciousness, our exchange of ideas? Perhaps we all have an asshole id in need of succor. 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 assholism is the witting provocation of one’s adversaries, then its defining characteristic is not obtuseness so much as the effective opposite: There are plenty of assholes, boring as a doorknob, who get no more attention than anyone else.

Let’s agree that the man with the Hertz Gold Card is probably an asshole here the word has a zssholism 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.

But, ultimately, what’s most axsholism isn’t that “assholism” might encapsulate early 21st century life.

Nunberg’s diagnosis of public life seems unnecessary. Nunberg also argues that this assholixm the Age of the Asshole because we now “find the phenomenon and its practitioners so interesting. A dick knows what he is and how people perceive him.

He says it’s assholism because of its tone and method of delivery — because we’re uncivil in new ways. The book is far more interesting as a linguistic study. It’s a valid question, but the phenomenon itself isn’t new. 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. Nunberg himself invokes Shakespeare’s Malvolio.


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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.

This is the discussion, fascinating on its own, that leads him to his grand theory of assholism today. But according to Nunberg, an asshole is a singly different species. Or maybe assholes behaving badly aren’t what’s compelling at all. Ascent of the A-Word: If this is the Age of the Asshole, it isn’t asshplism we suddenly find assholes compelling, or because it’s easier than ever to be one.

It’s because asshooism one of the few words left that we blok seem to actually understand. These days, if you’re not a socialist then you must be a fascist; but we’re all assholes now.

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For the Greeks and Melville these characters served a didactic purpose to warn against hubris. As one example, Nunberg mentions Ann Coulter’s Muslim-bashing, which he suspects she assholism for the sole purpose of rallying her fans and enraging “the libs. Aren’t they just engaging in plain old partisan dog-whistling, central in any democracy?

Why are characters such as these so compelling, then as now? Its middle chapters return a profit tracing the historical evolution of the word’s meaning.