November 06, 2006

Taboo avoidance in Dilbertland

Scott Adams has turned his attention to taboo avoidance, and he doesn't like what he sees.  In his blog of 11/4/06, he declares that "the most obscene letter in the alphabet is the asterisk."  But to balance that judgment, he explains how the asterisk protects us:

Naked naughty words can destroy your brain and also society as a whole. However -- and one would think this is obvious -- It's completely safe to THINK naughty words. And it's safe to cause other people to think naughty words. But if you spell those naughty words without the asterisk loin cloth to protect your victims, you're a danger to society. I know this to be true because I heard it from lots of people who have sh*t-for-brains.

(Hat tips to Susan Harrelson and Edward Wilford.)

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Posted by Arnold Zwicky at November 6, 2006 12:50 PM