Remember George Carlin's Seven words You Can't Say on TV? I think that shit needs to be updated to Seven Words You Can't Say On Facebook because swear words pretty much mean nothing these days. You can use all seven words banned from TV in a single sentence, like Joe Pesci trying to stumble through a difficult take out order in a Martin Scorsese film, and people won't even blink at that.
"Listen you shit-eating piss-taking phony Asian cunt, I said I wanted seven fuckin orders of egg rolls, and some mother fuckin wonton soup and that cocksucker better be ready by the time I get there or I will shove your chef to the ground and titty-fuck him until his heart explodes!"
All seven words, right there. Bam. That sentence would have actually gotten you thrown in jail 40 years ago if it was shown on any kind of publically accessible mass media. But today? The whole world could can read this post and no one cares. The seven words have completely lost all impact. We're probably only a few seasons away from "Fucko the foul-mouthed Muppet on Sesame Street". Fucko will come out looking like a green Elmo wearing his hat backwards and sunglasses over his googly eyes like he's got attitude and shit, and he'll be singing;
One of these things is not like the other
One of these things doesn't belong
If you can't tell the difference from one of the other
You're a dumb cunt for making me sing this song
Today's show have been brought to you by the letters "F", "O", and the number 69. That'll be the day when we can forever put to bed any impact those seven words ever had.
But there are seven words you definitely cannot say on Facebook without a bunch of self-appointed linguistic Mutaween jumping up your asshole about it. And those words are.
7. GTA V
And BTW, when I say you can't use these words, I don't just mean in the context of directly insulting someone. I mean where if you are using it purely in an abstract context where you are not attacking anyone like "Extended warranties? That's fuckin retarded!" People will get upset about and make pretentious graphic art posters like "Buy A Dictionary" or some supremely gay shit like that.
None of these words can actually get you thrown in jail for saying them, but the point George Carlin was making about his original seven words applies to these words perfectly. These words only have the power that someone decided they have, if you decide they're meaningless, that's what they become. It's not a club over the head, it's a sound coming out of someone's mouth, it's pixels on a screen. If it hurts you, it only has power because you gave it power. And coming up with all this nonsense about trying to police it, or convince people to police their own words, only gives them more power.
But you can also decide they're just words, and they have no more impact than any other word. There was a time when millions of people would have argued infinitely that those seven words in George Carlin's genuinely hurt people. They banned them. You had to be eighteen to buy his album. Because those words will hurt children! Genuinely hurt children. They truly believed if a child heard these words, they would be damaged somehow. Like their brains will be permanently scrambled and they'll grow up to be cross dressing bank robbers and horse rapers or some bullshit.
The first time I ever heard George Carlin's Seven Words You Can't Say On TV it was from a record I borrowed from one of my older brother's friends and I was only 12 years old when I heard it. The greatest pain I felt was how much my sides hurt from laughing so hard. I couldn't believe adults were so stupid they thought these words could actually injure us.
Trying to shelter people from something gives that something power. It becomes even more hurtful because there's no chance to develop coping skills in dealing with it. Eventually people might actually seek to make them criminal. Like someone could actually go to jail for posting "My fuckin tranny busted while playing GTA V in my fat-assed ugly Honda." If that ever happens, that'll be some retarded bullshit.