Wednesday, January 27, 2010

a modicum of decency

george-carlin-LP Maybe I’m just “old school,” maybe it’s my upbringing, maybe it has something to do with being born and raised in old Puritanical New England, maybe I’m a “prude;” whatever the reason, there are certain words that are not part of my vocabulary. Whether I am en femme or en homme, I just try not to use them

I admit that on occasion, those words have slipped out of my mouth, but they are “slips” and I always regret saying them.

On the other hand, when I write, I have time to reflect on what I am doing and correct any “slips,” so I never use those words in my writings. Moreover, I don’t want those words used in association with my writings; by that, I am referring to reader comments in this blog.

I just rejected a reader’s comment because he/she used one of those words and I will continue to reject any future comments that use those words.

By the way, the words are the seven that George Carlin referred to in his "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" routine back in 1972. Believe it or not, you still cannot say those seven words on American television today (and I won’t use them here).


  1. I assume you mean BROADCAST television. On Cable television....anything goes. And NOT JUST the pay channels like HBO or Showtime, either.

  2. Staci - Keep up the good work. There are words that are not in my vocabulary ... any you cannot say those words on television either. I think there is good reason for us not to use those words and to not be associated with them by publishing the comments. Tonya

  3. Laurie --- Yes, I was referring to broadcast television.

  4. Tonya --- Actually, there are other words I have heard on broadcast television that I won't use either.

  5. I'm glad to know that there are still standards, on UK TV just about anything is allowed, as long as it is after nine p.m. However just because something is allowed it shouldn't mean that it is usefull, good or justified.

    Keep up the good work, and the high standards, thank you

  6. Carlin looks so young in the pic for the album cover.

    (BTW, the bunnies tights aren't regulation.)

    This is my favorite image of the man, taken on the set of "Jersey Girl".

    Warning -- perfectly safe for work, but it'll tear your heart out.