Truths lurk in comedian’s ‘Last Words’ – Chicago Tribune

Most fans of the late standup comedy legend George Carlin are familiar with his famous “seven dirty words” that were deemed inappropriate for television and public airwaves.

Carlin, who died in 2008 at age 71, first unveiled his infamous list in 1972, when I was just 10. I remember an older kid in our neighborhood rattling off those seven words with unfiltered pride – and in perfect rhythmic order – during a garage band jam.

My young mind raced to try to understand them. At first, I thought those seven words were actually one long curse word, sort of an X-rated “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” I was a kid. Give me a break.

Still, I’ve been a fan of Carlin even though I didn’t understand most of the things he was lampooning on his series of comedy albums. I became a class clown thanks in part to his classic album “Class Clown.”

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