I remember my shock and delight in the 70s when I first heard The Seven Words You Can Never Say On Tv. Those were different days, when we all “suspected” that Elton John was gay but couldn’t bring ourselves to believe it, and the crudest things we heard on television came from the mouth of Archie Bunker.
And Archie was just holding a mirror up to our faces, and laughing along.
George Carlin chose another venue: the live audience and the recorded voice. He was extraordinary.
Carlin made his living on words, and he was their master:
I love words. I thank you for hearing my words.
I want to tell you something about words that I think is important.
They’re my work, they’re my play, they’re my passion.
Words are all we have, really. We have thoughts but thoughts are fluid.
then we assign a word to a thought and we’re stuck with that word for
that thought, so be careful with words. I like to think that the same
words that hurt can heal, it is a matter of how you pick them.
Thank you, my friend. Thank you.