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R.I.P. George Carlin

Updated on December 4, 2008

Seven Dirty Words

When I was growing up in Baton Rouge I don't recall being chastised by my parents for using dirty words. I can even recall overhearing my mother say "shit!" once in the kitchen when something boiled over on the stove and she forgot that I was within earshot. They didn't have to wash my mouth out with soap to teach me not to use common obscenities in Sunday school. However, both of my parents came down on me like a ton of bricks the first time at around age seven I used the "N word" which was in common usage in Louisiana 60 years ago. They made a very clear distinction between slang or "dirty words" not to be used in polite company and racial epithets not to be used EVER, PERIOD. [Both of my parents were "damn Yankees" who didn't want me to pick up bad habits from my playmates.]

Susan Ager's column on Carlin, linked below, covers the subject much better than I could.

Seven Dirty Words

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    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I think you missed my point. A peek at Carlin's video won't be harmful to kids. That's a normal part of growing up. HubPages should not be watered down to a third grade level or censored beyond prohibiting pornography. The majority of Hubbers are adults, not children. Your same point can be made about children's access to R or even X-rated cable television shows and even some network shows. If parents are worried about their children hearing slang for anatomy and bodily functions they should pay attention to what they are watching.

    • C.S.Alexis profile image

      C.S.Alexis 

      10 years ago from NW Indiana

      Think you missed my point. I have no problem with the clip and in fact enjoyed it and your Hub BUT... Most folks know who Carlin is and what he is about and the point is, there are rules on HubPages and I feel like this has exceeded those limits. Kids are going to click on this out of curiosity. I think it is a bad example. I love Carlin and I missed no point. C.S.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Well, I disagree. You miss Carlin's and my point. The words are slang terms frowned on in polite company, no more. Most kids have heard the words by the time they are in the fifth grade. HubPages is not prime time network TV. Anyone who doesn't want to hear Carlin's riff needn't click on the video. Carlin's riff is a piece of history which Hubpagers and others are entitled to experience. You are of course entitled to your opinion. Thanks for your comment.

    • C.S.Alexis profile image

      C.S.Alexis 

      10 years ago from NW Indiana

      This is probably not appropriate for family viewing, and maybe in poor taste to HubPages. I love George Carlin but was this really necessary?

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