Wednesday, September 13, 2023

#256 / Those Seven Dirty Words


A few months ago, an article in The New York Times reminded us that there are "Seven Dirty Words" that you can NEVER say on television.  
The Times' story, which was published on May 1, 2023, didn't actually list those words. I had to track down various George Carlin YouTube videos - one of which is linked above, at the top of this blog posting.  Even watching those videos wasn't quite enough for me to be able to list those definitive seven words. Carlin spun through his list so quickly that I wasn't sure that I was properly accounting for the "Magnificent Seven," to allude to a movie that doesn't, actually, have anything to do with dirty words. 
In the videos I watched, Carlin outlines a lot more than seven words - and he does so at high velocity, as already noted. This makes it difficult to pick out the Carlin-developed list of the always-prohibited seven. Wikipedia, though, which is usually pretty reliable, does list the seven words, and here they are, with no punches pulled: 
  • Shit
  • Piss
  • Fuck
  • Cunt
  • Cocksucker
  • Motherfucker
  • Tits
The gravamen of The Times' news story is that recent efforts to protect children online is likely to remake the Internet for adults, too. Uninhibited expression could be curtailed. Watch the video, and check out what Carlin has to say. I think he makes a pretty good pitch for "free speech." 

In a humorous way, of course!
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