The words of George Carlin

by andybechtel

Comedian George Carlin has died at age 71. He was known for his profane style of comedy, epitomized by his “seven dirty words.” (Yes, you can read them on Wikipedia even if you can’t say them on TV.)

Carlin was also keenly interested in the meaning of words. This quote illustrated that as he listed the ingredients of his work:

Those three things which wax and wane in importance are English language and wordplay; secondly, mundane, everyday observational comedy — dogs, cats and all that stuff; and thirdly, sociopolitical attitude comedy.

You can see a bit of that first aspect of Carlin’s work in this clip on YouTube. It appears to be from the mid-1980s, and yes, it includes some dirty words.

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