I don't know if I actually used that word. Still, it is helpful, or at least interesting, to speculate with something like the following conjectural history. Mistakes About the Meaning of Life. Use of the term is expressively correctsays Kaplan, when the supposed fact holds: They became well enough established that a competent speaker of the language could entertain asshole judgements without meaning to express contemptuous attitudes. The awkward case of 'his or her'. Not just Philosophy of Neuroscience but Philosophy and Neuroscience.
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The term was especially useful as communication. Even now few were especially careful or aware about exactly what kind of unsavoury people they were calling an asshole. It would be a mistake to call someone a bastard if he or she? We'd usually say this of more readily personified objects, such as toasters or computers, but perhaps not a stationary rock. Time Traveler for asshole The first known use of asshole was in the 14th century See more words from the same century.