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9:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg On America's Favorite Insult

'Ascent of the A-Word' by Geoffrey Nunberg.
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In “Ascent of the A-Word,” linguist and "Fresh Air" commentator Geoffrey Nunberg considers a word that has divided, offended and fascinated its users for the last 60 years. What is its essence? And what does it say about our values, impressions and relationships with other people? Nunberg joins us to discuss one of the culture’s most commonly hurled vulgarities and its place in society.