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George Carlin Has Left the Building

June 23, 2008

Rest in peace, George Carlin. You were a funny guy, and one of the rare comedians that really could kind of twist a listener’s thinking, expose the absurdity and hypocrisy of those in power.

To wit, from Carlin’s famous “Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television” bit:

I love words. I thank you for hearing my words. I want to tell you something about words that I uh, I think is important. I love..as I say, they’re my work, they’re my play, they’re my passion. Words are all we have really.

We have thoughts, but thoughts are fluid. You know, [humming in a spacey way]. And, then we assign a word to a thought, [clicks tongue like snapping into place]. And we’re stuck with that word for that thought. So be careful with words. I like to think, yeah, the same words that hurt can heal. It’s a matter of how you pick them.

There are some people that aren’t into all the words. There are some people who would have you not use certain words. Yeah, there are 400,000 words in the English language, and there are seven of them that you can’t say on television. What a ratio that is. 399,993 to seven. They must really be bad. They’d have to be outrageous, to be separated from a group that large. All of you over here, you seven. Bad words. That’s what they told us they were, remember? ‘That’s a bad word.’ ‘Awwww.’ There are no bad words. Bad thoughts. Bad Intentions.

And words, you know the seven don’t you? Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, and Tits, huh? Those are the heavy seven. Those are the ones that will infect your soul, curve your spine and keep the country from winning the war.

Listen to the whole thing here:

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    June 23, 2008 7:15 pm

    George Carlin was a gem. What a bummer. And yet Donald Rumsfeld will probably live to be 150. There’s no justice.

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