On the Origin of Language: Two Essays by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Johann Gottfried Herder

By Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Johann Gottfried Herder

This quantity combines Rousseau's essay at the starting place of numerous languages with Herder's essay at the genesis of the college of speech. Rousseau's essay is necessary to semiotics and important thought, because it performs a relevant function in Jacques Derrida's booklet Of Grammatology, and either essays are important historic and philosophical files.

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Columbia Journalism Review, 11-12/83). fat (or lard) ass. Having large buttocks. See also FAT. get your ass in gear, to. To get moving, usually an imperative. haul ass (or tail), to. To move (out) quickly, to hurry up. The expression dates to World War I. Lenny Bruce's use of it helped lead to his prosecution for obscenity in New York City in 1964. He had asserted that women generally—and, by strong implication, Jacqueline Kennedy, in particular—"haul ass to save their asses," and of all the scatalogical things Bruce ever said, this was the remark that seemed to offend the most sensibilities.

To anger, often used reflexively. "But what really burned my ass was a meeting [Red Sox manager Eddie] Kasko held in spring training in '72" (Sparky Lyle and Peter Golembock, The Bronx Zoo, 1979). busy as a one-legged man in a ass-kicking contest. Very busy indeed. candy-ass. A weakling or sissy. "Here was a man [Richard M. Nixon] who . . labeled 'candy-ass' a Secretary of the Treasury [and future Secretary of State, 26 George P. Shultz] who balked at using the tax system to punish citizens he considered 'enemies' " (Anthony Lewis, New York Times, 8/2/84).

Agitator. Activist. Agitator is an attack word, often elaborated as outside agitator, an almost all-encompasing term. For instance, noting the Southern penchant for blaming racial troubles on outside agitators, Justice Hugo Black pointed out that this term could even "be made to fit papers like the Times, which is published in New York" (New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 1964). And as recently as 1976, the pastor of the Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia (home of President Jimmy Carter), made headlines when he told reporters that the congregation had adopted a resolution barring "niggers and civil rights agitators" from membership (New York Times, 11/2/76).

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