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Monday, June 23, 2008

No longer seven 

From a George Carlin obituary:

Carlin constantly breached the accepted boundaries of comedy and language, particularly with his routine on the "Seven Words,? all of which are taboo on broadcast TV to this day.

Two of those words are "piss" and "tits," both of which have been heard on broadcast TV. (The former is fairly common as part of the term "pissed off," but you'll probably only hear it used as a synonym for "urination" in the late-night hours. Similarly, the censors will let the latter go through on the late-night shows. I've heard it used by guests on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," unbleeped, more than a handful of times -- and, coincidentally, "more than a handful" happens to be the general amount of tits I like.)

At any rate, I can't wait to see if any newspapers that ran the obituary with the line above run a correction in the next few days.

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