Fair warning, kids — this article actually contains George Carlin’s seven dirty words. Which I am POSITIVE you have never heard, much less said, before. Right? Of course right.
Forty years and a landmark Supreme Court decision have passed since Carlin first spoke out about the seven words you cannot say on television. But we’re still wrestling with the issues that Carlin raised with his monologue. How should the government define acceptable language? What can we learn from the 40th anniversary of the most famous, foul-mouthed comedic routine shortly before what could be the most substantial Supreme Court decision on profanity to date?