Words you can’t say on TV — or can you?

The late great comedian George Carlin’s most famous routine was “The seven words you can’t say on TV.” That was in 1972.

My wife and I are longtime devotees of The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Naughty words — “fuck” came up constantly — have always been bleeped. I found this annoying and silly. If you know the word will be bleeped, why say it?

We’ve also been watching Jordan Klepper’s The Opposition (a sort of Daily Show spin-off). The other night, Jordan said “shitty” and it was not bleeped. I turned to my wife and pointed this out. She, ever word-wise, suggested that perhaps “shitty” (even though it includes the four-letter word) wasn’t bleepworthy because it merely means having the characteristics of shit, which is not the same as shit itself.

Immediately afterwards we watched a DVR’d Daily Show. And guess what? Shit! The plain word was spoken — unbleeped.

So apparently we’re down to six words. Still a long way to go before George Carlin’s ghost can find rest. But at least now I feel free to properly revise this blog’s “posted in” category list.

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3 Responses to “Words you can’t say on TV — or can you?”

  1. Lee Says:

    If the president can use the word, when describing countries he doesn’t want immigrants from, then it seems to be fair game in a wider audience.

  2. Greg Says:

    On the other hand, I rarely watch HBO because I am tired of hearing the F-bomb uttered every other sentence on some shows.

  3. Amanda Says:

    I’m pretty sure past 11pm you can say pussy on tv

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