Geoffrey Nunberg is the author of Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years. He argues that words like "incivility" are not used by people in everyday life to express their true attitudes. Nunberg says that words like "asshole" are more accurate, authentic expressions.
Geoffrey Nunberg is an adjunct full professor at U.C. Berkeley's School of Information. He is also a researcher at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University, and a consulting professor in the Stanford Department of Linguistics. His linguistics research includes work in semantics and pragmatics, text classification, and written-language structure, and he also works and writes on the social and cultural implications of digital technologies.
Mr. Nunberg does a feature on language on the NPR show "Fresh Air" and has written numerous commentaries on language for the Sunday New York Times Week in Review, as well as for other periodicals. He’s also contributed occasional "letters from America" to the BBC4 series "State of the Union" and was the former chair of the usage panel of the American Heritage Dictionary.
The full title of his most recent book is Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show.
Goeffrey Nunberg, author of Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years, discusses why words like "incivility" simply do not capture the true nature of people's attitudes. Nunberg argues that words like "asshole" are more accurate, authentic methods of expression.