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What Makes Someone an 'Asshole'?

Aaron James | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Aaron James

What is the precise difference between the asshole and the mere jerk, boor, cad, schmuck, prick, douchebag, twit, ass, or ass-clown?

PHOTOS: 9 A**holes Throughout History

Geoffrey Nunberg | Posted 10.22.2012 | Books
Geoffrey Nunberg

People tend to think of words like "asshole" as explosions of emotional steam. Even the Oxford English Dictionary defines it as "someone foolish or contemptible," which gives it a lot of leeway. But the vulgarity of a word doesn't make it imprecise or less deserving of careful usage.