Sunday, May 27, 2012

40 Year Old Class Clown

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It was forty years ago today (May 27, 2012) that comedian George Carlin recorded the Class Clown album which five years later would inadvertently provoke the Supreme Court to canonize seven simple words as the apotheosis of American verbal vulgarity. That case, FCC v Pacifica, would come to be known as the “seven dirty words” ruling, named for Carlin’s routine. The Atlantic’s Timothy Bella marks this anniversary, while exploring the uneasy history of these words and their legal legacy. MORE HERE

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