According the great George Carlin, there were seven words that you couldn't say on the radio or on network TV. To this day, networks still bleep out most of those words or risk being penalized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
If you want to find out what those seven words are, click HERE. It's worth the time (hilarious).
Who gets to decide which words are "dirty"? Good question. Here in America, some of it has to do with the Puritan provenance of our conceptual morality.
Some of it was decided when people still thought the Sun revolved around the Earth.
The word fuck for example, can be traced to its Germanic origins as far back as the 16th Century, but it did not appear in any English language dictionary from 1795 to 1965.
For more of an in-depth look at the F-word, click HERE (also hilarious).
We won't address the C-word here because I am not supposed to allow that word into my thoughts. Don't ask why it's so bad, it just is.
There's an old joke about sex being popular because it's centrally located. It seems that all of our "dirty" words refer to things located in or related to functions within that same central location.
Generations of kids may have had their mouths washed out with soap because some guy who never made a phone call, used an indoor toilet or enjoyed a milkshake decided that certain words were not fit for utterance.
Tits are outside the central zone, but their magnetic power over men's eyes give them a certain taboobery (made up word). Luckily, we have many other ways to refer to the great kazongas.
Some words are drenched with such evil that even I can not treat them with levity. The N-word is one such word and when spoken by most people, it dredges up centuries of abuse, subjugation, rape and worse.
We have clever epithets and slurs to insult and denigrate most ethnicities, gender groups and those not like us. They all serve the same purpose, but none so horrendously as the N-word.
Before the Trump Era, the word invasion was a fairly innocuous one for most Americans.
June 6, 2019 was the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. It was the largest joint operation in history and the beginning of the liberation of Europe and the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany.
History is replete with invasions of and by just about every country on Earth. Since we began keeping track of such things, armed forces have relentlessly invaded both to dominate and to liberate.
Depending upon who's making the list and what criteria they use, America has invaded between 70 and 200 countries and territories (including Indian territory).
Thanks to the branding genius of Donald Trump, America is, for the first time since the War of 1812 being invaded.
If you're thinking Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun or Alexander the Great, you're over thinking. Our invaders are a less fearsome, less powerful force.
Those labeled invaders by Donald Trump are men, women and children enduring a perilous journey to escape lives of poverty, violence and hopelessness.
Calling these poor souls invaders allows us to dismiss them as human beings and treat them in the most inhumane ways possible, but that's not the worst of it.
Referring to those seeking refuge and asylum as an invasion is for some, a clarion call to action.
On August 3, 2019, 21-year old Patrick Crusius walked into a Walmart in El Paso, Texas with an AR-15 and killed 22 people.
Crusius left behind a manifesto echoing much of Trump's rhetoric, including the urgent need to repel Trump's imaginary invasion.
Words matter and now we have a new, more lethal word (invasion) infecting humanity, one even more pernicious than the N-word.
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