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A Linguist’s Serious Take On ‘The A-Word’ via NPR – MMXLII

A Linguist’s Serious Take On ‘The A-Word’ via NPR

Did you know that the word A__hole began as a military term during World War II to describe those who entitled to a certain behavior because of their perceived status?  When it came home it was later adopted by feminists as a name for men who mistreated women.  Geoffrey Nunberg found out this and more as did the research for his book Ascent of the A-Word which has become even more used in modern society in part to the internet [at least in Nunberg’s eyes].

Get more details and hear an audio interview here.

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