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The Truth About Ugliness (It Ain't Pretty)

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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.

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