The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Sunday, March 14, 2004
A rude riddle
What's the difference between shit and crap?
The first is one of the famous George Carlin seven dirty words and is presumptively indecent (for 18 USC 1464 purposes, at least); the second is not, and may, it seems, be used pretty freely, even outside the safe harbour hours of 2200 to 0600 . (It's used regularly in Buffy the Vampire Slayer , for instance.)
The difference in meaning between the two words? Angels on pinheads, surely? Great fun for lawyers, though...
By way of illustration of Karmazin's comments, the transcript from Stern which, if I understand it aright, was the pretext for Clear Channel axing him from those six battleground states...oops, stations. He's talking to the other party in the Paris Hilton tape. It includes the question (from a caller):
Ever bang a famous nigger chick? What do they smell like? Watermelons?
Presumably callers are warned about the seven words. Nigger is dandy: just don't say fuck.
Yet, in the real world, the odd fuck here and there causes nary a flurry, whilst a nigger regularly causes shakedown fever on an epic scale. (The eeny meeny miney moe air stewardess didn't even say the word - and look what happened to her (January 28).)
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