Tuesday, August 30, 2011

rich people euphemisms #1: "most densely-populated neighborhood in the US"

I was listening to NPR in the car, and the announcer mentioned that he had grown up in the most densely-populated neighborhood in the US. I made a comment about rich assholes, and Emma called me on it, so I googled: it's the Upper East Side, once known as the Silk Stocking District.

As I told Emma, I didn't mean "asshole" in an especially malicious way. As far as I can tell, people use "asshole" these days like I used "jerk" as a kid--it can just mean mild annoyance. But then again, NPR smugness is at least as annoying as the Fox News version.

Hmm. Is it National Privilege Radio? It sure ain't programming for the public.