The seven dirty words are seven English-language curse words that American comedian George Carlin first listed in his 1972 "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" monologue. The words, in the order Carlin listed them, are: "shit", "piss", "fuck", "cunt", "cocksucker", "motherfucker", and "tits".
During a performance in 1966, comedian Lenny Bruce said he had been arrested for saying nine words: "ass", "balls", "cocksucker", "cunt", "fuck", "motherfucker", "piss", "shit", and "tits". In 1972, comedian George Carlin released his fourth stand-up album Class Clown. One track on the album, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television", was a monologue in which he identified these words and expressed amazement that they could not be used regardless of context. In a 2004 NPR interview, he said:
I don't know that there was a "Eureka!" moment or anything like that. [...] On these other things, we get into the field of hypocrisy. Where you really cannot pin down what these rules they want to enforce are. It's just impossible to say "this is a blanket rule". You'll see some newspapers print "f blank blank k". Some print "f asterisk asterisk k". Some put "f blank blank blank". Some put the word "bleep". Some put "expletive deleted". So there's no real consistent standard. It's not a science. It's a notion that they have and it's superstitious. These words have no power. We give them this power by refusing to be free and easy with them. We give them great power over us. They really, in themselves, have no power. It's the thrust of the sentence that makes them either good or bad.
This decision formally established indecency regulation in American broadcasting. In follow-up rulings, the Supreme Court established the safe harbor provision that grants broadcasters the right to broadcast indecent (but not obscene) material between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am, when it is presumed few children would be watching. The FCC has never maintained a specific list of words prohibited from the airwaves during the time period from 6 am to 10 pm.
The seven dirty words have been assumed to be likely to elicit indecency-related action by the FCC if uttered on a TV or radio broadcast, and thus the broadcast networks generally censor themselves with regard to many of the seven dirty words. The FCC regulations regarding "fleeting" use of expletives were ruled unconstitutionally vague by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on July 13, 2010, as they violated the First Amendment due to their possible effects regarding free speech.
The Carlin at Carnegie version can be heard as "An Incomplete List of Impolite Words" on the 1984 album Carlin on Campus (but not in the HBO special, Carlin on Campus). That version of the list features over 300 dirty words and phrases in an effort to stop people telling him that he left something off the list. Four days after Carlin's original Class Clown recording, the routine was performed again for students at the University of California, Los Angeles. This would be months before its first official release. The recording was restored in December, 2013 and uploaded to YouTube by archivists at UCLA and could be accessed free of charge, but is no longer available due to a claim of copyright infringement.The FCC ruling is referenced in "Offensive Language" from the album Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics and HBO special Doin' It Again, both 1990 recordings of the same performance; however, the routine that follows is entirely different.
U2 singer Bono said on live television that his 2003 Golden Globe Award was "really, really fucking brilliant!" Despite complaints, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) did not fine the network. In apparent reaction, on December 8, 2003, Rep. Doug Ose (R-California) introduced House Resolution 3687, the "Clean Airwaves Act", in Congress to designate a derivative list of Carlin's offensive words as profane in the U.S. Code. The stated purpose of the bill was "To amend section 1464 of title 18 of the United States Code, to provide for the punishment of certain profane broadcasts." In the text of the bill, the words shit, piss, fuck, cunt, asshole, and the phrases cock sucker, mother fucker, and ass hole are specifically listed. The bill was not enacted.
The Pop Song Professor project is all about helping music lovers like you to better understand the deeper meanings of popular song lyrics so that you know what your artist is saying and can enjoy your music more.
2. 'Main Maal Gaadi' (Andaz): And if Sonam is singing about Engine, her dad Anil Kapoor did an even dirtier song with a 'Maalgaadi' back in the 90s. Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla celebrate their honeymoon with their naughty song that has lyrics like 'Main maalgaadi tu dhakka laga'. And if the lyrics in the song left any empty gaps, the choreographer happily filled it up with the suggestive pelvic thrusts.
3. 'Rukumani Rukumani' (Roja): We guess the words say it all in this song: 'Rukumani Rukumani Shaadi Ke Baad Kya Kya Hua?' A R Rahman may have gained all the accolades for his debut in Bollywood but this song that showed grandmas singing lyrics like 'Khatiya bhee dhire khat khat hone lage, aage piche huwa toh jhatpat hone lagi' did come as a shock to many.
5. 'Choli Ke Peeche' (Khalnayak): Madhuri Dixit acquired fame with this song and she is still asked to perform on it. She is graceful and pulled off this dance with equal sensuality but surely that does change the meaning of the words: 'Choli ke peeche kya hai, chunari ke neeche kya hai'
6. 'Aanchal Ke Andhar' (Khalnayika): His son starred in one of the most famous sex comedies Kyaa Kool Hain Hum. However, Jeetendra too did some dirty dancing in the film Khalnayika in the Holi song 'Aanchal ke andhar kya hai'.
7. 'Sexy Sexy' (Khuddar): In the 90s, Karisma Kapoor took a bold move of dancing to the number 'Sexy sexy sexy mujhe log bole' and the Censor Board immediately chopped off the word 'sexy' and replaced it with 'Baby' after few protests. But that did not tone down the essence of the song and it still falls it the dirty song list.
8. 'Sarkaylo Khatiya' (Raja Babu): Govinda may have an impeccable comic timing but many of his songs were designed to be dirty double meaning tracks. However, we decided to pick the most famous one. 'Jaade mein balma pyara lage, Suyi chubhe koi shola sa badke'. As Karisma says, it surely sets a lot of things on fire!
9. 'Tu Ru Tu Ru' (Elaan): Dancing around the trees has been one of the common trends in Bollywood songs. Right after romance started to develop between Madhoo and Akshay Kumar in Elaan, they start dancing on a song where Akshay constantly asked 'Kahan se karun main pyar shuru' (Translation: From where should I start making love). Does anyone want to answer that question?
10. 'Gup Chup Chup' (Karan-Arjun): Karan-Arjun had Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan playing brothers and it surely attracted people with its music. Amidst romantic and peppy dance numbers, there was this song that Mamta Kulkari dances to, distract the villains, while the heroes are busy executing their plan. Well, 'Gup Chup Chup' had Amrish Puri and the rest of the goons staring Mamta with lecherous eyes as she describes her night with her behnoyi (brother-in-law/sister's husband).
11. 'DK Bose' and 'Penchar' (Delhi Belly): Say 'DK Bose' repeatedly in a loop and voila, you get a new word! And yes sounds exactly like your favourite cuss word in Hindi, doesn't it. This song had catchy peppy lyrics and despite criticisms, it managed to gain popularity and get enough attention for this medium budget English language film. Another song in this film called 'Penchar' was a qawaali number that sounded like the other Hindi cuss word. Yes you got it.
13. 'Pritam Pyare' (Rowdy Rathore): 'Palu ke neeche chupake rakha hai udadoon toh hungama ho' are the lines that dancers like Shakti Mohan, Maryam Zakaria and Mumaith Khan groove to in Rowdy Rathore. It may be a very popular chartbuster but that doesn't change the fact that it is a song that our stringent Censor Board conveniently overlooked.
15. 'Mooh Me Le Mooh Me Le' (Jeena Hai Toh Thok Daal): Being one of the most controversial song of Bollywood, 'Mooh Me Le' has one of the most explicit lyrics. Though the film was not a hit, the song faced a lot of wrath from conventional political leaders and the Censor Board. So we think the makers were bold enough to give it back to the censors in the same language!
16. 'Halkat Jawani' (Heroine): Kareena Kapoor's desi tadka in the 'realistic film' Heroine had the actress grooving to 'Halkat Jawani' on stage at an award function. While the catchy music of the song had young Kareena Kapoor fans humming it, the lines like 'Night ki naughty kahani yeh halkat jawani', 'Aankhon ko kyun sekhe haathon se kar man maani' definitely must have shocked their parents.
17. 'I Am A Hunter' (Gangs of Wasseypur): The songs in Gangs of Wassepur were as different as the movie itself. This song is surely the quintessential double meaning song which talks about a woman wanting to see the man's 'gun'! Nothing has been left for imagination anymore. 2b1af7f3a8