Magazine August 30, 2010, Issue

Shat and Scat

(CBS)

TV reflects our standards; TV changes our standards. If you want to know where standards are heading when it comes to salty lingo on the tube, consider the name of a new show: “$#*! My Dad Says.” As we all know from reading comics, the shift-key/number-key string stands for a naughty word. Or, if you like, a perfectly ordinary word used by millions of people, universally known even by those who never employ it, a word with an equivalent in every tongue, and possibly the first word ever spoken by a humanoid after he stood erect, looked around, and saw

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