The normal American spelling of ‘arsehole’. The word is used vocatively on its own, and often as ‘you asshole’. In the latter form it is said by one American boy to another in Boulevard Nights, by Dewey Gram, and by an American woman to her lover in Oliver’s Story, by Erich Segal. The Choirboys, by Joseph Wambaugh, has the following: If there was one thing Roscoe Rules [a Los Angeles policeman] wished, after having seen all of the world he cared to see, it was that there was a word as dirty as ‘nigger’ to apply to all mankind. Since he had little imagination he had to settle for ‘asshole.’ But he realized that all Los Angeles policemen and most American policemen used that as the best of all possible words.

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