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The 18 Words You Can't Say on TV According to Parents Television Council

Shhh! Here Are the 18 Words You're Not Supposed to Say on TV

Dirty mouth? Then you better watch yourself if you're on TV, because the Parents Television Council has claimed that the amount of profanity on television has risen 69 percent in the last five years. To prove it, it they've released their list of the 18 dirty words that shouldn't be said on TV.

They go from the relatively innocuous, like "crap," to the obvious, like the F-word and its euphemisms. I'm always curious to see what organizations like the PTC get up in arms about, so if you are too, I have its whole list after the jump. Check out the foul words and let me know what you think when you


  1. Crap
  2. Damn
  3. Hell
  4. Ass
  5. Bitch
  6. Bastard
  7. Boobs
  8. Other Breasts
  9. Balls
  10. Other Genitals
  11. Bleeped F***
  12. Euphemism for F***
  13. Bleeped Sh*t
  14. Euphemism for Sh*t
  15. Douche
  16. Piss
  17. Screw
  18. Suck
  19. Photo courtesy of HBO

lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
Ok, elz; at least that is a response I can respect - you want/need to hear profanity on tv and in movies. Sounds a little crazy to me, but at least you're addressing the issue and giving a legitmate argument...
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
I am the first to say that a child's success in school, physically, emotionally, and in all areas of life is predominately the responsibility of the parents. However, AGAIN, that does not excuse the issue - which is that there is no place for innapropriate language on tv. There is no reason the tv industry should force it on us, and there is no feasible reason that we should feel it is not only fine, but necessary to use it in tv shows. I just find it absolutely ridiculous that people feel the need to defend the perverted freaks who decide what is put on tv; and the worst part is that none of you are addressing the issue or can come up with a legitimate reason that this reality should go on. I almost feel like giving up, considering no one here knows what they're talking about...
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
ok; esk. but again I ask, WHY DO WE NEED TO HEAR THEM ON TV? fine, they're evident in real life; that doesn't excuse the obsession of tv writers and producers with trying to force that language and other bad behavior on the public. reality doesn't always warrant a display...
esk4 esk4 6 years
I hate to say it, but I work in retail, in a sporting goods store, and customers walk around saying those words and worse all the time. Having a conversation with someone 22 and under is practically impossible without hearing some of those words. As much as we want to keep it off TV people out in the world are no longer even aware they are saying them, and if you take your children out in public at all chances are they are going to hear those words and worse
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
the issue is not that kids, teens, or people in general don't know these words; but why do we have to have them on tv? GOOD EXAMPLES RESULTS IN GOOD BEHAVIOR! please, explain to me why it is so important to you people that we hear cuss words constantly...
lwimbush lwimbush 6 years
honestly, i think for kids today this is such a joke. realistically i think ratings need to change in general. i mean things that are PG-13 or rated R, children are constantly exposed to at an earlier and earlier age. it's a joke if you think kids don't know these words....and much, much more.
silverfox212 silverfox212 6 years
well tv's definitely not following this...
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I agree with lizlee. I don't see anything wrong with regulating some of the words that can air on television and radio. I work in education, and because kids hear these words on TV, they think they're acceptable to say all the time. I think as a whole our society needs to learn and practice respect and propriety. And even if some kids have parents that parent well, the fact is that others do not and the kids who have parents who parent well spend the day around kids whose parents don't parent well and pick up a lot of words and behaviors from them.
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
I really hate people who say all these things ought to be allowed on tv and parents should just moniter what their kids watch. Yes, I said "I hate" those people - it's nothing personal but you are an idiot if you have bought into the lie that so many others (including the media) and actually think this. While I agree that parents should always be PARENTING, why do you need these things to be on tv? Why do we need to hear profanity (including - what HoneyBrown said - racial, etc. slurs), see nudity, watch people having sex, or witness violence? Forget the lie that all high schoolers cuss or all adults have sex whenever they want; STOP BUYING INTO THE PROPAGANDA! Even if there are certain realisms, it doesn't mean that we should show them - showing idealistic behavior actually can result in society acting that way (after all, it's worked with drug use, teen pregnancy and other sexual disrespect, for goodness sake - "sexting")! But you're right; that "uptight" Parent Council who doesn't want children to grow up to be lazy, good-for-nothing delinquints who steal, abuse their bodies, treat other with no respect, and have absolutely no good habits (which is where we are headed more and more) - those people are crazy (in case you're too stupid to realize, I'm being sarcastic)...
marcied23 marcied23 6 years
totally agree with hbs and kea, at the end of the day if you have a problem with what your kids are watching on tv, then maybe you should turn the tv off.
kea718 kea718 6 years
I think it's such b.s. to edit out cursing and to make such a big deal about it. TV shows have ratings... and parents can block access to certain shows and certain mpaa ratings. I always found it incredibly unrealistic watching shows like 90210 where you know these high school kids in real life would be cursing. I mean, c'mon. If House really existed you know he's have a sailor's mouth. I'm not saying cursing should be allowed all the time or on shows aimed for kids, but what's so bad if a TV show is rated TV-14 or TV-MA and people curse. Block the damn show. The Parents Television Council is another one of those obnoxious, uptight, groups of people who really need to get the pole out of their bums.
Burkina Burkina 6 years
I agree with HoneyBrown.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
Yet, these words are considered worse than racial, gay, anti-semitic , or other hateful epithets. Bite me.
moss1080 moss1080 6 years
Except for crap I think all these words should be left off the tv. Why should my toddlers be exposed to words that we don't use in this house? I don't turn the tv on till the kids are asleep and that is kind of lame.
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