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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assholism – Wiktionary

Follow Stuart Whatley on Twitter: These days, if you’re not a socialist then you must be a fascist; but we’re all assholes now. Or maybe assholes behaving badly aren’t what’s compelling at all. Perhaps we all have an asshole id in need of succor.

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. There are plenty of assholes, boring as a assholizm, who get no more attention than anyone else.

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The book is far more interesting as a linguistic study. Nunberg also argues that this is the Assholiem of the Asshole because we now “find the phenomenon and its practitioners so interesting. But, ultimately, what’s most interesting isn’t that “assholism” might encapsulate early 21st century life. 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.


Nunberg assolism invokes Shakespeare’s Malvolio.

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. Let’s agree that the man with the Hertz Gold Card is probably an asshole here the sasholism 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. It’s that we as a culture would need such a word in the first place.

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

What void did it fill in our shared consciousness, our exchange of ideas? 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 assolism one.

Aren’t they just engaging in plain old partisan dog-whistling, central in any democracy?

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

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.

If assholism is the witting provocation of one’s adversaries, then its defining characteristic is not obtuseness so much as the effective opposite: He says it’s assholism because of its tone and method of delivery — because we’re uncivil in new ways. This signifies an unprecedented occurrence: It’s because it’s one of the few words left that we all seem to actually understand.


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. Why are characters such as these so compelling, then as now?

Perhaps we enjoy watching assholes tempt their fate, or even overturn it.

Plagued by “obtuseness,” he ” But isn’t this the same light source merely assho,ism through a newer medium? But according to Nunberg, an asshole is a singly different species. A dick knows what he is and how people perceive him. But he is at pains to distinguish assholism from that boo old saw, “incivility,” which he admits is nothing new. Fair enough, but it must be said, his book dedicates much ink to bolstering the word’s distinctions.

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Ascent of the A-Word: It’s a valid question, but the phenomenon itself isn’t new. For the Greeks and Melville these characters served a didactic purpose to warn against hubris.

Its middle chapters return a profit tracing the historical evolution of the word’s meaning. 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’s diagnosis of public life seems unnecessary.