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The Truth About Ugliness (It Ain't Pretty)

May 9, 2016

What does it mean to say that someone, or something, is ugly? For a label that gets tossed around so often, its meaning is hard to pin down. Perhaps that's because, throughout history and around the world, our notions of ugliness have shifted considerably.

The word has been associated with disease, poverty, and with physical and moral decay. But it has also been embraced by artists, musicians, pop culture, and recently even by children's toy makers.  Are we witnessing a renaissance of ugliness?

While that remains to be seen, one thing is for sure: The world's favorite insult isn't going anywhere anytime soon. This hour, we trace the word's history, both here and abroad, to discover the "ugly" truth.

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on January 5, 2016.