Profanity Aesop
An episode where characters learn certain words are unacceptable


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A form of Very Special Episode commonly seen in children's media.

A character, typically a child between toddlerhood and early elementary, hears a word somewhere. They have no idea what it means but they use it anyway. It turns out it's a curse word. The episode ends with them learning that they shouldn't use said word.


Examples:

  • The Powerpuff Girls episode "Curses"
  • The Arthur episode "Bleep". DW hears a teen say an unknown curse word and begins using it. The Tibbles tell her it's a word that turns adults into zombies, thus shouldn't be used around them. The climax of the episode revolves around DW and her friend, Vicita, both getting in trouble for using the word. DW's parents tell her the words are inappropriate and essentially mean "I want to hurt your feelings". Considering the shows demographic are toddlers to early elementary schoolers, it caused a stir and thus is rarely be shown.
  • Rugrats' "Word of the Day" has Angelica hearing a word said by a Depraved Kids' Show Host and thinking it's the "Word of the Day" on a TV show she's on.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Sailor Mouth" has Spongebob and Patrick reading a bunch of profane terms and thinking they're "sentence enhancers". The characters in question are adults but they're naive and childish.
  • Dexter's Laboratory episode "Dexter's Rude Removal" has all the makings of this except for two things: They know what the words mean and there's no aesop. The cursing being played for humor may be why it was never aired.
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