This is a guest post by Alan Pearcy.
Bill Cosby was right -- kids do say the darndest things.
Although it seems their four-letter words of choice have received an overhaul. At least that's what the Parents Television Council (PTC) might conclude after the release of its latest study, Habitat for Profanity. (See what they did there with the play on word? Cute.)
The study compared two-weeks of prime-time television this fall--on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and the CW--with the same programming on the same networks (plus UPN) in 2005.
The PTC discovered a sharp increase in profanity--69.3 percent to be exact--with a bulk of the vulgarity aired during timeslots when children are likely still present. The study also showed a significant rise in regards to the "use of anatomical and sexual references." For instance, the word "balls" increased 200 percent.
The PTC and its allies consider these results profane, but I have to hand it to the networks. This is quite an accomplishment. I would like to hear a speech in recognition of such efforts -- though most of it would need to be censored and/or bleeped.
Here are the 10 most popular examples of profanity* polluting our airwaves.
1. The f-bomb (bleeped)
6. sh*t (bleeped)
7. miscellaneous "genital" references