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22nd May '16 8:20:26 PM CassandraLeo
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* Music/MontyPython parodied this trope in a similar example to Voltaire's example above with "I Bet You They Won't Play This Song on the Radio", which uses {{Sound Effect Bleep}}s to censor parts of the song. The listener's mind makes the song sound a lot dirtier than it actually is. It apparently actually ''did'' get played on the radio, though.
22nd May '16 8:07:35 PM CassandraLeo
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:: This may be an homage to Carlin, since it includes six of his SevenDirtyWords and excluded the one he said didn't even belong on the list, namely "Tits". It wouldn't be the first time Metallica did this sort of thing in a ShoutOut: they changed the spelling of Creator/HPLovecraft's story "Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu" for their piece "The Call of Ktulu" in part because Lovecraft wrote that [[MediumAwareness saying, or even spelling out, Cthulhu's name]] would [[SpeakOfTheDevil draw his attention]].

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:: This may be an homage to Carlin, since it includes consists entirely of six of his SevenDirtyWords and excluded the one he said didn't even belong on the list, namely "Tits". It wouldn't be the first time Metallica did this sort of thing in a ShoutOut: ShoutOut - they changed the spelling of Creator/HPLovecraft's story "Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu" for their piece "The Call of Ktulu" in part because Lovecraft wrote that [[MediumAwareness saying, or even spelling out, Cthulhu's name]] would [[SpeakOfTheDevil draw his attention]].
22nd May '16 8:05:43 PM CassandraLeo
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* Music/{{Metallica}} featured the following parody of a warning sticker on ''Music/MasterOfPuppets'':
--> ''The only track you probably won't want to play is "Damage, Inc." due to the multiple use of the infamous "F" word. Otherwise, there aren't any "Shits", "Fucks", "Pisses", "Cunts", "Motherfuckers" or "Cocksuckers" anywhere on this record.''
:: This may be an homage to Carlin, since it includes six of his SevenDirtyWords and excluded the one he said didn't even belong on the list, namely "Tits". It wouldn't be the first time Metallica did this sort of thing in a ShoutOut: they changed the spelling of Creator/HPLovecraft's story "Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu" for their piece "The Call of Ktulu" in part because Lovecraft wrote that [[MediumAwareness saying, or even spelling out, Cthulhu's name]] would [[SpeakOfTheDevil draw his attention]].
8th May '16 11:52:15 AM nombretomado
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* In ''EverybodyHatesChris'', Chris hears his parents listen to the Carlin routine. He passes on the list at school to get laughs, but ends up in trouble for it. To [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get the story onto network TV]], each word is replaced with its number in Carlin's list. The last line of the episode: "Number Threeeeeeeeee!"

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* In ''EverybodyHatesChris'', ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'', Chris hears his parents listen to the Carlin routine. He passes on the list at school to get laughs, but ends up in trouble for it. To [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get the story onto network TV]], each word is replaced with its number in Carlin's list. The last line of the episode: "Number Threeeeeeeeee!"



* An episode of ''That70sShow'' featured the gang listening to the record. Eric went through the rest of the episode using the numbers to insult people. Donna (on Eric's suggestion) later tricks a rival radio DJ into playing the record on the air to get the other woman fired.

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* An episode of ''That70sShow'' ''Series/That70sShow'' featured the gang listening to the record. Eric went through the rest of the episode using the numbers to insult people. Donna (on Eric's suggestion) later tricks a rival radio DJ into playing the record on the air to get the other woman fired.



* [[HaveIGotNewsForYou Have I Got Unbroadcastable News For You]]: Despite being exclusively for home video the producer would like to point some words not to mention in the recording...

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* [[HaveIGotNewsForYou [[Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou Have I Got Unbroadcastable News For You]]: Despite being exclusively for home video the producer would like to point some words not to mention in the recording...
23rd Apr '16 8:41:46 AM passivesmoking
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*** The concept is pretty much the plot of the movie. As Kyle's mom puts it:
----> ''' Sheila Broflovski''' Remember what the MPAA says; Horrific, Deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty words! That's what this war is all about!
11th Apr '16 10:13:19 AM erforce
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-->-- '''George Carlin'''

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-->-- '''George Carlin'''
'''Creator/GeorgeCarlin'''



* In ''BruceAlmighty'', the eponymous Bruce is trying to convince his ex to come back to him, and has the following conversation:

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* In ''BruceAlmighty'', ''Film/BruceAlmighty'', the eponymous Bruce is trying to convince his ex to come back to him, and has the following conversation:



* When ''TheSimpsonsMovie'' is broadcast on television, Marge's line "Somebody throw the Goddamn bomb!" is censored to a varying degree, depending on the network: some cut the "God" part, others delete the swear entirely.

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* When ''TheSimpsonsMovie'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' is broadcast on television, Marge's line "Somebody throw the Goddamn bomb!" is censored to a varying degree, depending on the network: some cut the "God" part, others delete the swear entirely.



* The WesternAnimation/SouthPark feature film, ''Bigger, Longer & Uncut'', brutally savaged the MPAA's rules for industry censorship as the driving force for the main story arc.

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* The WesternAnimation/SouthPark ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' feature film, ''Bigger, Longer & Uncut'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', brutally savaged the MPAA's rules for industry censorship as the driving force for the main story arc.
7th Mar '16 10:45:07 AM crazysamaritan
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On his seminal comedy album ''Class Clown'', the late great Creator/GeorgeCarlin observed that there were exactly seven (later upgraded to ten, later upgraded to over 200) words you could never say on (American) television. Over 35 years later, his Seven Dirty Words are still the best and most famous encapsulation of the bizarre censorship standards that still exist in US television.

Modern US network television is notoriously rife with violence, sexual situations, and other unpleasantness that would not be seen in most countries. But it is also notoriously priggish when it comes to language and social mores. US broadcasters avoided showing mundanities like toilets, pregnancy, and two-person beds until the 1960s or even later.

It is against this backdrop -- priggishness way beyond cultural norms, at a time where their society was openly questioning prudishness and authority -- that Carlin's little list caused such a furor.

In 1972, Carlin was arrested merely for performing his Seven Dirty Words routine in public. At the time, many places had laws against public obscenity and indecency, which local MoralGuardians gladly enforced. But in the climate of the times, such arguments found their way to higher courts, who found the concept of obscenity notoriously difficult to define.

A year later, a New York City radio station (WBAI-FM) played a different iteration of the Seven Dirty Words bit, uncensored. A man driving in the car with his young son complained to the [[MediaWatchdog Federal Communications Commission]] that his son had to be exposed to such filth. When the legal dust settled, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Seven Dirty Words might be acceptable for broadcast under circumstances, but that the FCC had the right to restrict broadcast content at times when children might be exposed to it. But they weren't exactly specific about any of it.

With no real definition of what is or isn't obscene, pushing the envelope in American network television has mostly been a game of "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar try it and see if you get away with it]]." The FCC has the right to grant and revoke broadcast licenses, so they wield considerable power. For this reason, American broadcasters err very heavily on the side of not pissing off the FCC. Especially after that whole WardrobeMalfunction with Janet Jackson, which saw unprecedented complaints, litigation, fines, and stricter new rules - even though it was a complete accident and nobody was complaining about her very revealing outfit right up until the malfunction.

However, the FCC's process is quite opaque. For one thing, they generally do not monitor broadcasts on their own; action is initiated because of viewer or listener complaints. If the audience prefers coarser material, the broadcaster can get away with just about anything. The context of the offensive word is also important; somebody using the word as an exclamation or generic descriptor ("Holy shit!" or "What is this shit?") generally earns less punishment than a description of sexual acts or bodily fluids ("Your dog took a shit on my lawn.") However, none of this is guaranteed, and can be easily swayed by public opinion or industry influence.

So how do the Seven Dirty Words hold up against modern standards? (Especially since you can say shit and fuck [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus in a British eulogy!]])

The FCC has established a "safe harbor" of midnight to 6am. A broadcast station, if it could get the rights to do so, could run the unedited version of ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' at 3 in the morning, up to and including Elvira's complaint, "Can't you stop saying 'fuck' all the time?" without being subject to penalties. During the rest of the time, whether they can run a particular vulgar word depends on why it is is happening, the context and the time of day that it is shown. A judge on a three-judge panel overhearing the Fox Network's appeal of an FCC ruling, sardonically questioned the government's lawyer, by saying, "So while a television station normally wouldn't be able to use this sort of word during the day time, it would be legal if one of them ran an unedited news report at 8 AM where a federal judge said 'fuck' from the bench to a lawyer?" and the government's lawyer more-or-less reluctantly agreed.

It should be noted that when the term "American television" is used in this context, it refers to the FCC-controlled maintstream commercial networks. Although there are some residual regulations regarding broadcast hours, there are no bars to the use of language in made-for-cable programming (i.e. ''Series/GameOfThrones'', ''Series/BreakingBad'', etc.).

* '''Shit''' - ''NYPDBlue'', a show long known for pushing boundaries, announced that it would air the first uncensored instance of the word "shit" on network television. The furor was fairly small, but the idea was viciously mocked in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. In "It Hits The Fan", the word "shit" was said 165 times, and an on-screen counter was featured. (It should be noted that Comedy Central is a cable channel, and isn't under the thumb of the FCC. They now say "shit" pretty regularly on that channel.)
** This is not exactly accurate, as Creator/{{CBS}}, more than a decade earlier, announced it would leave two uses of the word "bullshit" intact when it ran the movie ''{{Network}}''.

* '''Piss''' - It's hard to tell when exactly it started, but this word is perfectly acceptable on TV now and has dropped all the way down to the PG tier, at least in a figure of speech ("piss[ed] off", meaning annoy[ed]). George Carlin himself, in later life, pointed out in at least one interview that the acceptability of "piss" is generally a question of whether or not it is an actual reference to urine -- "I got pissed off" is far less likely to get bleeped than "I got pissed ''on''".
** According to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shogun_%28TV_miniseries%29 the other wiki]], the 1980 miniseries Shogun was the first to allow the word (to mean "urinate").
** Oddly enough, it's in the [[Literature/TheBible King James Bible]] multiple times [[HaveAGayOldTime since "piss" was not considered vulgar at that time]]. E.g., "him that pisseth against the wall" and "Are they not doomed with you to eat their own filth and drink their own piss?" Creator/MarkTwain had fun with this one.

* '''Fuck''' - Still strictly verboten in American network television (but, like all the other words on this list, fair game for cable). Bono said it at the 2003 Golden Globe awards. The FCC originally found it not to be indecent in this context. Then they changed their minds. We await further clarification. We are not holding our breath. Hence the existence of [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Frak]], [[Series/{{Firefly}} Rut]], [[Series/{{Farscape}} Frell]], and [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Belgium]].
** However, on [[TheWarOnTerror September 11, 2001]], some of the networks aired amateur footage of the World Trade Center attacks with the F-bombs intact (Dan Rather even apologized for a few of them), and the FCC didn't do anything. Later on, when CBS aired the Naudet Brothers' ''[[Film/NineEleven 9/11]]'' documentary, they were ([[http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2006/09/05/several_cbs_affiliates_afraid_to_air_9_1 somewhat controversially]]) allowed to leave the F-bombs intact.
** The documentary ''Scared Straight'', which aired on a US commercial network in the mid-1970s, included several uncensored uses of the word.

* '''[[CountryMatters Cunt]]''' - The odd one out. A Word You Still Can't Say On Television, and the only one of the seven which may be considered more offensive now than when Carlin did the original routine. Not only forbidden in American network television, but in almost all conversation. Considered extremely vulgar and sexist in America, even though it is used more as a unisex term of offense outside of the USA and Canada.[[note]]It does not matter how many times you say 'but I didn't mean it that way' if you are not from the USA or Canada. If you use that word and a woman is around, she will probably flinch, go chalk white--even if she is a woman of color--and potentially slap you. Nobody will blame her. ''That'' is how offensive the word is.[[/note]]

* '''Cocksucker''' - While "suck" and other forms are widely used even in G-rated media, and "cock" is acceptable if you're talking about chickens, "cocksucker" is still largely banned. If you want to know for certain, watch a non-{{Creator/HBO}} rebroadcast of the movie ''Bull Durham''; there is a scene that depends upon the word.

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On his seminal comedy album ''Class Clown'', the late great Creator/GeorgeCarlin observed that there were exactly seven (later upgraded to ten, later upgraded to over 200) words you could never say on (American) television. Over 35 years later, his Seven Dirty Words are still the best and most famous encapsulation of encapsulated the bizarre censorship standards that still exist in US television.

Modern
of US network television is notoriously rife television. Rife with violence, sexual situations, and other unpleasantness that would not be seen broadcast in most countries. But it is also notoriously priggish when it comes to language and social mores. countries, US broadcasters avoided showing mundanities like toilets, pregnancy, and two-person beds until the 1960s or even later.

It is against this backdrop -- priggishness way beyond cultural norms, at a time where their society was openly questioning prudishness and authority -- that
later. Carlin's little list caused such a furor.

In 1972, Carlin was arrested merely for performing his Seven Dirty Words routine in public. At the time, many places had laws against public obscenity and indecency, which local
furor from MoralGuardians gladly enforced. But in the climate of the times, such arguments found their way to higher courts, who found the concept of obscenity notoriously difficult to define.

A year later, a New York City radio station (WBAI-FM) played a different iteration of the Seven Dirty Words bit, uncensored. A man driving in the car with his young son complained to the [[MediaWatchdog Federal Communications Commission]]
that his son had to be exposed to such filth. forebade the list from being broadcast. When the legal dust settled, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Seven Dirty Words might be acceptable for broadcast under certain circumstances, but and that the FCC had the right to restrict broadcast content at times when children might be exposed to it. But they weren't exactly specific about any of it.

With no real definition of what is or isn't obscene, pushing the envelope in American network television has mostly been a game of "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar try it and see if you get away with it]]." The FCC has given the unilateral right to grant and revoke broadcast licenses, so licenses for nebulous reasons, they wield considerable power. For this reason, American broadcasters err very heavily on power over the side of not pissing off the FCC. Especially after that whole WardrobeMalfunction with Janet Jackson, which saw unprecedented complaints, litigation, fines, and stricter new rules - even though it was a complete accident and nobody was complaining about her very revealing outfit right up until the malfunction.

However, the FCC's process is quite opaque. For one thing, they
broadcast companies. They, in turn, generally do not monitor broadcasts on their own; action is initiated because of viewer or listener complaints. If the audience prefers coarser material, the broadcaster can get away with just about anything. The context of Pushing the offensive word is also important; somebody using the word as an exclamation or generic descriptor ("Holy shit!" or "What is this shit?") generally earns less punishment than a description of sexual acts or bodily fluids ("Your dog took a shit on my lawn.") However, none of this is guaranteed, and can be easily swayed by public opinion or industry influence.

So how do the Seven Dirty Words hold up against modern standards? (Especially since you can say shit and fuck [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus
envelope in a British eulogy!]])

The FCC has established a "safe harbor" of midnight to 6am. A broadcast station, if it could get the rights to do so, could run the unedited version of ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' at 3 in the morning, up to and including Elvira's complaint, "Can't you stop saying 'fuck' all the time?" without being subject to penalties. During the rest of the time, whether they can run a particular vulgar word depends on why it is is happening, the context and the time of day that it is shown. A judge on a three-judge panel overhearing the Fox Network's appeal of an FCC ruling, sardonically questioned the government's lawyer, by saying, "So while a
American network television station normally wouldn't be able to use this sort has mostly been a game of word during the day time, "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar try it would be legal if one of them ran an unedited news report at 8 AM where a federal judge said 'fuck' from the bench to a lawyer?" and the government's lawyer more-or-less reluctantly agreed.

see if you get away with it]]."

It should be noted that when the term "American television" is used in this context, it refers to the FCC-controlled maintstream commercial networks. Although there are some residual regulations regarding broadcast hours, there are no bars to the use of language in made-for-cable programming (i.e. ''Series/GameOfThrones'', ''Series/BreakingBad'', etc.).

cable broadcast channels (which greatly outnumber the network channels).

* '''Shit''' - ''NYPDBlue'', ''Series/NYPDBlue'', a show long known for pushing boundaries, announced that it would air the first uncensored instance of the word "shit" on network television. The furor was fairly small, but the idea was [[TakeThat viciously mocked in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. In "It Hits The Fan", the word "shit" was said 165 times, and an on-screen counter was featured. (It should be noted that mocked]] by ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', broadcast by cable channel Comedy Central is a cable channel, and isn't under the thumb of the FCC. They now say "shit" pretty regularly on that channel.)
** This is not exactly accurate, as Creator/{{CBS}}, more than a decade earlier, announced it would leave two uses of the word "bullshit" intact when it ran the movie ''{{Network}}''.

Central.

* '''Piss''' - It's hard to tell when exactly it started, but this word is perfectly acceptable on TV now and has dropped all the way down to the PG tier, at least in a figure of speech ("piss[ed] off", meaning annoy[ed]). George Carlin himself, Carlin, in later life, pointed out in at least one interview that the acceptability of "piss" is generally a question of whether or not it is an actual reference to urine -- "I got pissed off" is far less likely to get bleeped than "I got pissed ''on''".
** According to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shogun_%28TV_miniseries%29 the other wiki]], the 1980 miniseries Shogun was the
''on''". The first network broadcast that allowed " piss" to allow the word (to mean "urinate").
** Oddly enough, it's in the [[Literature/TheBible King James Bible]] multiple times [[HaveAGayOldTime since "piss"
"urinate" was not considered vulgar at that time]]. E.g., "him that pisseth against the wall" and "Are they not doomed with you to eat their own filth and drink their own piss?" Creator/MarkTwain had fun with this one.

''{{Series/Shogun}}''.

* '''Fuck''' - Still strictly verboten in American network television (but, like all the other words on this list, fair game for cable). Bono said it at the 2003 Golden Globe awards. The FCC originally found it not to be indecent in this context. Then they changed their minds. We await further clarification. We are not holding our breath. Hence the existence of [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Frak]], [[Series/{{Firefly}} Rut]], [[Series/{{Farscape}} Frell]], and [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Belgium]].
** However, on [[TheWarOnTerror September 11, 2001]], some of the networks aired amateur footage of the World Trade Center attacks with the F-bombs intact (Dan Rather even apologized for a few of them), and the FCC didn't do anything. Later on, when CBS aired the Naudet Brothers' ''[[Film/NineEleven 9/11]]'' documentary, they were ([[http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2006/09/05/several_cbs_affiliates_afraid_to_air_9_1 somewhat controversially]]) allowed to leave the F-bombs intact.
**
The documentary ''Scared Straight'', which aired on a US commercial network in the mid-1970s, included several uncensored uses of the word.

word. However, the only acceptable usage so far appears to be in similar documentary-style broadcasts.

* '''[[CountryMatters Cunt]]''' - The odd one out. A Word You Still Can't Say On Television, and the only one of the seven which may be considered more offensive now than when Carlin did the original routine. Not only forbidden in American network television, but in almost all conversation. Considered extremely vulgar and sexist in America, even though it is used more as a unisex term of offense outside of the USA and Canada.[[note]]It does not matter how many times you say 'but I didn't mean it that way' if you are not from the USA or Canada. If you use that word and a woman is around, she will probably flinch, go chalk white--even if she is a woman of color--and flinch--and potentially slap you. Nobody will blame her. ''That'' is how offensive the word is.[[/note]]

* '''Cocksucker''' - While "suck" and other forms are widely used even in G-rated media, and "cock" is acceptable if you're talking about chickens, "cocksucker" is still largely banned. If you want to know for certain, watch a non-{{Creator/HBO}} rebroadcast of the movie ''Bull Durham''; ''Film/BullDurham''; there is a scene that depends upon the word.



* '''Tits''' - Like "piss", it probably crept in at some point, but there are still places that will censor it. It was deleted, for example, from ''{{Grease}}'' in the scene where the T-Birds are mocking the cheerleaders.

Later in the 1970s, Carlin added three auxiliary words to the list:

* '''Fart''' - This one has changed significantly. At the time, Carlin observed that not only was the word "fart" forbidden, but you weren't allowed to reference the act. Nowadays, fart humor is a staple of comedy shows of all types.

* '''Turd''' - Carlin said it best: "You can't say 'turd' on television, but who ''wants'' to?" It's used for toilet humor, which is currently accepted and common in PG-rated works that cannot use "shit" freely.

* '''Twat''' - Like "cunt", but a little milder. In Britain, it can also mean to hit or strike something, as in ''"Twat him in the face, Steve!"'' or a person who is generally extremely stupid, as in "You are such a twat, Steve!"[[note]]It's probably mentioning that's "tw''a''t" like "c''a''t" not like "SW''A''T". The latter will be interpreted as meaning 'vagina'.[[/note]]

Are there any words not on Carlin's 1972 list that can't be said on American network television nowadays? Lots of them. So if you think about it for a moment, [[{{Dissimile}} these aren't seven dirty words at all]]. "Goddamn", "dick" (at least when used to refer to a penis), and "asshole" are usually out and always have been (although "dick" has seen increased use on network comedies and dramas to refer to unpleasant persons, and "asshole" is also allowed, to an extremely limited extent, on a few network dramas).

A rather humorous incident occurred when a live program allowed a person to refer to the former Vice President as Dick Cheney, but then bleeped the speaker when they referred to someone else as a dick.

It's interesting to note that "goddamn" and "asshole" are usually censored as [[BleepDammit "---damn" and "ass---- "]]. Yes, ''"God" and "hole" are bleeped out''.[[note]]This ''sort of'' makes sense for the former, given that its taboo status is rooted -- partially, at least -- in the Judeo-Christian commandment against "taking the Lord's name in vain". For the latter, the only rational explanation seems to be that "ass" by itself is significantly less offensive.[[/note]] "Blowjob" and "handjob" are also reduced to "**** job", which sometimes makes it hard to discern between them, as both "blow" and "hand" are four-letter, monosyllabic words. "Douchebag" was, until recently, fairly unheard of on broadcast stations (although "douche" and "d-bag" were allowed, something that Radio/HowardStern [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar famously exploited]]). Shows such as ''Series/ThirtyRock'' and ''Series/{{Glee}}'' have recently begun to use the word to a limited extent, although it is still far from commonplace. ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has also begun to use it more and more generously with each successive season.

Racial and ethnic humor, a staple of 1970s television, [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad is now avoided]]. It would be impossible to air fully half of [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/75/75ginterview.phtml this sketch]] from the first season of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in 1975. You could probably make a new list from all the ethnic slurs that ''were'' permitted in American television at the time of Carlin's sketch, but aren't any more. In fact, if you were a visionary comedian, you could probably make a very funny bit out of it.[[note]]Carlin himself did just that, in 1990.[[/note]]
* Amusingly enough, in a number of broadcasts of ''[[Music/TheWall The Wall]]'' on American networks, the two words censored in "In the Flesh" (the second one) are "coon" (slur) and ''"Jewish."'' Now, think about ''that'' for a moment.

If Carlin were alive today, he would be compelled to include the "N-word" in his list, given that it cannot even be used in a clinical sense anymore without causing furor.

Live events, to avoid these and other dirty words, often refer to a seven second delay. An athlete, say, will say something, and seven seconds later it actually hits the air, giving the networks time to modify the transmission. Note that live events are NOT immune to the dirty words; ask Dale Earnhardt Jr, who walked away from a race with a few less points and a few less thousand dollars after commenting that his win didn't 'mean shit'. The penalties were obviously levied by NASCAR, not the FCC, but would NASCAR have done it without someone else's suggestion on what's dirty?

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* '''Tits''' - Like "piss", it probably crept in at some point, but there are still places that will censor it. It was deleted, for example, from ''{{Grease}}'' ''{{Film/Grease}}'' in the scene where the T-Birds are mocking the cheerleaders.

Later in the 1970s, Carlin added three auxiliary words to the list:

* '''Fart''' - This one has changed significantly. At the time, Carlin observed that not only was the word "fart" forbidden, but you weren't allowed to reference the act. Nowadays, fart humor is a staple of comedy shows of all types.

* '''Turd''' - Carlin said it best: "You can't say 'turd' on television, but who ''wants'' to?" It's used for toilet humor, which is currently accepted and common in PG-rated works that cannot use "shit" freely.

* '''Twat''' - Like "cunt", but a little milder. In Britain, it can also mean to hit or strike something, as in ''"Twat him in the face, Steve!"'' or a person who is generally extremely stupid, as in "You are such a twat, Steve!"[[note]]It's probably mentioning that's "tw''a''t" like "c''a''t" not like "SW''A''T". The latter will be interpreted as meaning 'vagina'.[[/note]]

Are there any words not on Carlin's 1972 list that can't be said on American network television nowadays? Lots of them. So if you think about it for a moment, [[{{Dissimile}} these aren't seven dirty words at all]]. "Goddamn", "dick" (at least when used to refer to a penis), and "asshole" are usually out and always have been (although "dick" has seen increased use on network comedies and dramas to refer to unpleasant persons, and "asshole" is also allowed, to an extremely limited extent, on a few network dramas).

A rather humorous incident occurred when a live program allowed a person to refer to the former Vice President as Dick Cheney, but then bleeped the speaker when they referred to someone else as a dick.

It's interesting to note that "goddamn" and "asshole" are usually censored as [[BleepDammit "---damn" and "ass---- "]]. Yes, ''"God" and "hole" are bleeped out''.[[note]]This ''sort of'' makes sense for the former, given that its taboo status is rooted -- partially, at least -- in the Judeo-Christian commandment against "taking the Lord's name in vain". For the latter, the only rational explanation seems to be that "ass" by itself is significantly less offensive.[[/note]] "Blowjob" and "handjob" are also reduced to "**** job", which sometimes makes it hard to discern between them, as both "blow" and "hand" are four-letter, monosyllabic words. "Douchebag" was, until recently, fairly unheard of on broadcast stations (although "douche" and "d-bag" were allowed, something that Radio/HowardStern [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar famously exploited]]). Shows such as ''Series/ThirtyRock'' and ''Series/{{Glee}}'' have recently begun to use the word to a limited extent, although it is still far from commonplace. ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has also begun to use it more and more generously with each successive season.

Racial and ethnic humor, a staple of 1970s television, [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad is now avoided]]. It would be impossible to air fully half of [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/75/75ginterview.phtml this sketch]] from the first season of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in 1975. You could probably make a new list from all the ethnic slurs that ''were'' permitted in American television at the time of Carlin's sketch, but aren't any more. In fact, if you were a visionary comedian, you could probably make a very funny bit out of it.[[note]]Carlin himself did just that, in 1990.[[/note]]
* Amusingly enough, in a number of broadcasts of ''[[Music/TheWall The Wall]]'' on American networks, the two words censored in "In the Flesh" (the second one) are "coon" (slur) and ''"Jewish."'' Now, think about ''that'' for a moment.

If Carlin were alive today, he would be compelled to include the "N-word" in his list, given that it cannot even be used in a clinical sense anymore without causing furor.
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Live events, to avoid these and other dirty words, often refer to a seven second delay. An athlete, say, will say something, and seven seconds later it actually hits the air, giving the networks time to modify the transmission. Note that live events are NOT immune to the dirty words; ask Dale Earnhardt Jr, who walked away from a race with a few less points these seven seconds between recording and a few less thousand dollars after commenting that his win didn't 'mean shit'. The penalties were obviously levied by NASCAR, not broadcasting allow the FCC, but would NASCAR have done it without someone else's suggestion on what's dirty?networks to add in last-minute edits like censorship and captioning.
21st Nov '15 8:39:42 AM nombretomado
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* One StoryArc in ''BloomCounty'' referred to finding the word "{{snugglebunnies}}" as offensive. A strip in this arc had Milo and Binkley, upon notification, yelling "SNUGGLEBUNNIES!" repeatedly until being cut off mid-word. And mid-panel; the fourth panel was blank, presumably because the strip was cut off.

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* One StoryArc in ''BloomCounty'' ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' referred to finding the word "{{snugglebunnies}}" as offensive. A strip in this arc had Milo and Binkley, upon notification, yelling "SNUGGLEBUNNIES!" repeatedly until being cut off mid-word. And mid-panel; the fourth panel was blank, presumably because the strip was cut off.
2nd Nov '15 2:01:31 AM shadowmanwkp
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* The Goth musician Voltaire released one song entitled, "The Dirtiest Song That Ain't", lampooning censorship. He deliberately left certain parts of the song blank, with the words being implied by the rhyme scheme; this troper is fairly sure one of the censored words was "shoulder".

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* The Goth musician Voltaire released one song entitled, "The Dirtiest Song That Ain't", lampooning censorship. He deliberately left certain parts of the song blank, with the words being implied by the rhyme scheme; this troper is fairly sure one of the words that was likely censored words was "shoulder".
8th Oct '15 2:23:23 PM RUSirius
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* The Goth musician Voltaire released one song entitled, "The Dirtiest Song That Ain't", lampooning censorship. He deliberately left certain parts of the song blank, with the words being implied by the rhyme scheme; this troper is fairly sure one of the censored words was "shoulder".
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