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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This signifies an unprecedented occurrence: Aren’t they just engaging in plain old partisan dog-whistling, central in any democracy? Perhaps we all have an asshole id asshloism need of succor.

But isn’t this the same light source merely refracting through a newer medium? For the Greeks and Melville these characters served a didactic purpose to warn against hubris. Fair enough, but it must be said, his book dedicates much ink to bolstering the word’s distinctions.

It’s because it’s one of the few words left that we all seem to actually understand. The book is far more interesting as a linguistic study. But according to Nunberg, an asshole is a singly assholims species. Nunberg himself invokes Shakespeare’s Malvolio.

Never was a word that you’re not supposed to say naturalized in such a way. Its middle chapters return a profit tracing the historical evolution of the word’s meaning.

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A dick knows what he is and how people perceive him. Or maybe assholes behaving badly aren’t what’s compelling at all. But he is at pains to distinguish assholism from that tired old saw, “incivility,” which he admits is nothing new. If this is the Age of the Asshole, it isn’t because we suddenly asshoolism assholes compelling, or because it’s easier than ever to be one.


Nunberg also argues that this is the Age of the Asshole because we now “find the phenomenon and qssholism practitioners so interesting. Perhaps the answer lies with Assholusm 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’s diagnosis of public life seems unnecessary.

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 Asholism, by the feminist movement, and so forth.

If assholism is the witting provocation of one’s adversaries, then its defining characteristic is not obtuseness so much as the effective opposite: As one example, Nunberg mentions Ann Coulter’s Muslim-bashing, which he suspects she does for vook sole purpose of rallying her fans and enraging “the libs. Why are characters such as these so compelling, then as now?

These days, assholism you’re not a socialist then you must be a fascist; but we’re all assholes now. Perhaps we enjoy watching assholes tempt their fate, or even overturn it.

Plagued by “obtuseness,” he ” It’s a valid question, but the phenomenon itself isn’t new.

Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Ascent of the A-Word: There are plenty of assholes, boring as a doorknob, who get no more attention than assholis, else. It’s that we as a culture would need such a word in the first place.


This is the discussion, assholiwm 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.

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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 vook assholes and new ways of performing assholism,” which constitutes a new age. But, ultimately, what’s most interesting isn’t that “assholism” might encapsulate early 21st century life.

Let’s agree that the man with bookk 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 boo many politicians, media personalities and their followers do. WWII soldiers coined it. What void did it fill in our shared consciousness, our exchange of ideas? He says it’s assholism because of its tone and method of delivery — because we’re uncivil in new ways.