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"The arse seems to be condemned to live in the dark. Among the different parts of our body, it leads the life of a tramp. It truly is the idiot of the family. Yet it would be a miracle if this black sheep of the body did not have a ready opinion of the events taking place in higher regions, just like those who have been rejected by society often express the most sober views of it." -- Critique of Cynical Reason (1983) by Peter Sloterdijk, see [...]

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The word arse in English derives from the Germanic root *arsaz, which originated from the Proto-Indo-European root *ors, meaning "buttocks" or "backside".

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