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Curses!

Dirty words are sneaking into TV

George Carlin's list of seven dirty words you can't say on TV? Cross off two more. On Oct. 3, the FCC ruled that U2's Bono didn't violate federal indecency standards when he blurted ''f -- -ing brilliant'' during the live NBC broadcast of January's Golden Globes because the rocker wasn't describing ''sexual or excretory organs or activities.'' And on Oct. 13, squeaky-clean family drama Everwood featured 4th-grader Delia (Vivien Cardone) saying ''s -- -'' in a fit of rage. (The WB muted the word, but it's popped up on TV before, even on such staid news broadcasts as Nightline and 60 Minutes.) But, says Cuss Control Academy president Jim O'Connor, the show redeemed itself when Delia was grounded: ''I think it's a good thing. It's just the SH-word, right? I'm glad they didn't use the F-word.'' Bono, no phone for a week.

Originally posted Oct 24, 2003 Published in issue #734 Oct 24, 2003 Order article reprints
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