Watch Your F*#@ing Adjectives!

It’s been decades since comedian George Carlin first gained fame with an unprintable routine he called “Seven Words You Can’t Say On The Radio.” So broadcasters and consumers nationwide were stunned recently, when the FCC announced that U.S. broadcast standards had not been violated during a live awards show broadcast on NBC, when the singer Bono used the word “fucking.” The word was allowable, said the FCC’s board of governors, because Bono had used it as an emphatic adjective, rather than as a verb meant to describe a sexual act. That’s a bit too far into the realm of semantics for FCC Chairman Michael Powell, who is now pushing for a flat ban of the word.