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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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Removed "this troper" it is bad writing for a main page
* 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".
26th Aug '15 9:19:23 AM nombretomado
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* On ''MoralOrel'' [[FunWithAcronyms Frances Clara Censordoll's]] name and character are a TakeThat at the FCC. She is a selfish ManipulativeBastard MoralGuardian with a god complex.
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* On ''MoralOrel'' ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' [[FunWithAcronyms Frances Clara Censordoll's]] name and character are a TakeThat at the FCC. She is a selfish ManipulativeBastard MoralGuardian with a god complex.
16th Aug '15 10:56:17 AM bwburke94
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Are there any words not on Carlin's 1972 list that can't be said on American network television in 2014? 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).
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Are there any words not on Carlin's 1972 list that can't be said on American network television in 2014? 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).

---- ->''"Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, tits, fart, turd and twat."'' -->-- '''George Carlin,''' a little bit later.
1st Jul '15 5:43:57 PM Morgenthaler
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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 SevenDirtyWords are still the best and most famous encapsulation of the bizarre censorship standards that still exist in US television.
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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 SevenDirtyWords Seven Dirty Words are still the best and most famous encapsulation of the bizarre censorship standards that still exist in US television.

In 1972, Carlin was arrested merely for performing his SevenDirtyWords 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 SevenDirtyWords 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 SevenDirtyWords 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.
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In 1972, Carlin was arrested merely for performing his SevenDirtyWords 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 SevenDirtyWords 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 SevenDirtyWords 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.

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

* Music/{{Blink 182}} has a number of yawn-and-you-won't-hear-it short songs that are largely [[RefugeInAudacity excuses to]] use profanity. One of them -- the ironically-titled song "Family Reunion" -- uses the SevenDirtyWords, including the three auxiliary words (You can hear it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBIID49cMI0 here]]. Language warning, obviously.) After four verses consisting entirely of those ten words repeated rhythmically, the song finishes with "I fucked your mom".
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* Music/{{Blink 182}} has a number of yawn-and-you-won't-hear-it short songs that are largely [[RefugeInAudacity excuses to]] use profanity. One of them -- the ironically-titled song "Family Reunion" -- uses the SevenDirtyWords, Seven Dirty Words, including the three auxiliary words (You can hear it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBIID49cMI0 here]]. Language warning, obviously.) After four verses consisting entirely of those ten words repeated rhythmically, the song finishes with "I fucked your mom".
28th Jun '15 4:47:43 PM nombretomado
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* '''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/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Frak]], [[Series/{{Firefly}} Rut]], [[Series/{{Farscape}} Frell]], and [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Belgium]].
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* '''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/BattlestarGalacticaClassic [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Frak]], [[Series/{{Firefly}} Rut]], [[Series/{{Farscape}} Frell]], and [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Belgium]].
17th Jun '15 12:13:02 PM karstovich2
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* '''[[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, and potentially slap you. Nobody will blame her. ''That'' is how offensive the word is.[[/note]]
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* '''[[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, and 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]]
20th Apr '15 2:48:24 PM lilyofthevalley
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* '''[[MotherFBomb Motherfucker]]''' - See "fuck." A fan pointed out to Carlin that the word was redundant, but Carlin kept it in because removing it disrupted the rhythm of the piece.
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* '''[[MotherFBomb Motherfucker]]''' '''Motherfucker''' - See "fuck." A fan pointed out to Carlin that the word was redundant, but Carlin kept it in because removing it disrupted the rhythm of the piece.
18th Apr '15 11:14:58 PM rodneyAnonymous
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->''"Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment motherfucker]] and tits."''
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->''"Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment motherfucker]] motherfucker and tits."''
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