... and off topic. I recently happened to read a local blog which is not on my list of favorites. The author identifies herself as a "Professor of Law and Policy in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis."
In this particular post on her blog, presumably re-read, edited and presented in the way she intended, she referred to people who use a political approach of which she does not approve as "assholes."
What is really shocking is the apparently stunted vocabulary available to an educator who has reached the elevated status of professor.
In addition, unfortunately, such a lack of class in her circles is not only not surprising, but is even seemingly perfectly acceptable. Does publishing such language, in a way one hopes to be widely read, fall under the category of good or bad "manners?"
That question comes to mind because there was recently brought to my attention a notebook written by my father when he was nine years old. In a brief essay on "Good Manners" he said, in part, "Men and women are not called gentlemen and ladies unless they have good manners." A long time ago! Too bad.
I believe language usage helps define a culture. Dad would be a terribly disappointed "gentleman," were he alive today.
Like many of us, he would find it difficult to reconcile the cited language of the blog by those who do use it, with their simultaneous demand for "civil public discussion."
He might also wonder whether a professor with this attitude is indoctrinating rather than teaching the students.