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Asshole Word

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.