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22 1 OBSCENITY: A USER’S GUIDE by Don L. F. Nilsen and Alleen Pace Nilsen
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22 2 INTRODUCTION: AN IRONY Paul Krassner, editor of The Realist , has noted the irony of Lenny Bruce being arrested in 1962 for using certain words on stage in San Francisco, while a couple of decades later, Meryl Streep used the same words in the movie Sophie’s Choice and won an Academy award. (Nilsen & Nilsen 261)
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22 3 PROVOCATIVE SUBJECTS RELATE TO TABOO AREAS TABOOS: BODY PARTS, BODY FUNCTIONS, DEATH, DEFORMITY, DIETY, ETHNICITY, MENTAL ILLNESS, POLITICS, RELIGION AND SEXUALITY THESE ARE THE TABOO SUBJECTS OF JOKERS AND OF TALK-SHOW HOSTS, WHO WANT TO PROVOKE, TO STIMULATE, AND TO TEST LIMITS
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22 4 DEFINITIONS Oath: See “Swearing” Obscenity: Offending a person’s sensibilities. What is offensive to one person may not be offensive to another Profanity: Not sacred, as in the phrase “the sacred and the profane” Swearing: Calling upon Diety to help you in your cause Vulgarity: Related to the masses, as in “Vulgar Latin”
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22 5 GEORGE CARLIN George Carlin had a stand-up routine in which he talked about the words that we’re not allowed on television. This stand-up routine was later aired on H.B.O.
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22 6 THE MEANINGS OF SWEARWORDS Swearwords mean everything. Therefore, they mean nothing. Something can be: as Hot as Hell as Cold as Hell as Noisy as Hell or as Quiet as Hell OK, is Hell hot or cold, noisy or quiet? Who the Hell knows?
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22 7 DISGUISED SWEAR WORDS The d-word (d__n) The f-word (f__k) The p-word (p__s) The s-word (s__t) The bs-word (b s) All of these words *&%#$@!^)?<~!!!
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22 8 Bloody, Bull Shippers, By Gosh, By Golly Darn, Dang It Fudge, Frickin, Friggin Gosh, Golly, Gosh Darn Heck, Heck of a, Hades Jeezo, Jeez, Gee Whiz, Jiminy Crickets (swearing double), Cheese and Rice POed Shoot, SOB, Sun of a Gun, Lucky Sumanovitch (a TV wrestler) Zounds (God’s Wounds)
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