Language as Bullshit

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When I woke up this morning, I heard George Carlin talk about language on NPR. What’s wrong with using simple, direct and honest language? He wonders. “It’s getting so bad that any day now I expect to hear a rape victim described as an ‘unwilling sperm recipient’!” [6:55]

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0 Responses to Language as Bullshit

  1. Damn, they yanked that one quickly.

  2. Tabor says:

    Thanks for bringing back one of my favorite comedians. I grew up with this hero and remember the intellectual laughter he gave me during my high school and college years.

  3. Paul A says:

    You can still find it here:



    RIP George

  4. PhysioProf says:

    Carlin was a fucking master at making a complicated point using clear simple language.