Re: [OT] proscribed words... (was:What is the principle?)

From: John Cowan (
Date: Mon Mar 29 2004 - 06:47:56 EST

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    Arcane Jill scripsit:

    > > being more used to the European practice of
    > > banning certain ideas.
    > Eh? Could you elaborate?
    > Arcane Jill, posting from Europe and completely unaware of this "banning
    > certain ideas" concept of which you speak.

    It's illegal to advocate Nazism in Germany; in the U.S., you can do it
    as much as you like, but if you say certain words with sexual denotations
    on the radio or TV, you find yourself in trouble. (On the other hand,
    you can print almost anything.)

    John Cowan
    To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There are
    no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language that
    they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful. --The Hobbit

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