Monday, March 29, 2010

The fucking fucker’s fucked

George Carlin talked about “the seven dirty words.”

    "There are 400,000 words in the English language, and there are 7 you can't say on television. What a ratio that is! 399,993...to 7. They must really be baaaad. They must be OUTRAGEOUS to be separated from a group that large."

Now the Broadcasting Standards Authority—hallowed be their hold on us—have raised the ratio.  They have thirty-one words they say they have tested for “acceptability” on air and declared to be “fairly or totally unacceptable” on television and radio, most of which were used today by broadcasters reporting this report.

Crampton reckons it must have been fun doing the surveying—and that there’s probably at least one South Park episode in it.

But it turns out at least that the BSA’s bureaucrats do have a sense of humour.  BSA boss Wanda Harland challenges you to use all thirty-one in a sentence . . .

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