‘Ascent of the A-Word:’ The Beauty of the Indispensable Vulgarity – The Daily Beast

‘Ascent of the A-Word:’ The Beauty of the Indispensable Vulgarity – The Daily Beast.

I love this.  My two pull out quotes from the article:

An impolite vulgarism that has rudely elbowed its way into polite discourse without losing its air of impoliteness, asshole fills a gap.

and

“Every age,” Nunberg says, “creates a particular social offender that it makes a collective preoccupation—the cad in Anthony Trollope’s day, the phony that Holden Caulfield was fixated on in the postwar years—and the asshole is ours.”

I love this notion that as our vulgarities change, so do our sensibilities – that the asshole is actually a cultural trope, and not just a word.  Note: this would make a GREAT birthday present.

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