"Seven Words That Are Not Safe For Work"

2008
Jun
23

Maybe too much has been made of George Carlin’s “Seven Words” in the mass-eulogizing, but, hey, not many of us end up at the Supreme Court (figuratively). And one thing I did at my college radio station was to take a recording of the “Seven Words” monologue and a recording of Official Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Sound Effects and make a ‘creatively-bleeped’ version of the bit, using the same cartoony sound every time a certain word was covered up. So, Fuck became THUD, Shit became SQUASH, Piss became SPLASH, Cunt became WHOOP, Tits became BOING, Cocksucker became BANG-CRASH and Motherfucker became YADDA-YADDA. (I reacted differently than most people when Seinfeld came up with its “yadda-yadda” years later). It helped me get a regular DJ timeslot on the station: opposite Dr. Demento on Sunday Nights. Because, that was when all college radio stations put their comedy/novelty shows – they were all too new to the business to understand Counter-Programming. After more than a year of weekly broadcasts, I took my first week off and listened to Dr. D and was shocked to hear him play a censored version of “Seven Words” that somebody else had made specifically for him. Ah, but that version didn’t have the Hanna-Barbera SFX, so it wasn’t nearly as funny.

Anyway, it’s now a different time and people on the Web are playing with Wordle, a Java-based Word Cloud generator. So I plugged a transcript of “Seven Words You Can’t Say On Television” into the gadget and then recolored the most relevant words and here is the result: (click on it for full-sized wordiness)

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  1. OneSwellFoop NetWorks » Daily Twittage for 2011-03-14 Says:

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