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Forbidden Words of the 90s

The Uncensored Leftovers

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When I began drawing "Life in Hell" exactly 500 weeks ago, I compiled a list of "forbidden words"--catch phrases, cliches, slang, Republican doublespeak, buzzwords--that bugged me. Amazingly enough, although I forbade their use, people kept saying and writing those words. But I haven't given up. Recently I compiled a new list of "Forbidden Words of the 1990s," printing it in recent installments of "Life in Hell." I figured I'd done my linguistic duty for the next decade. But late at night, lying in bed, staring into darkness, I keep coming up with more words to forbid--"extravaganza," "porno," "crack is wack," etc. Here, then, are the uncensored "Forbidden Words" leftovers (including all the filthy stuff I wouldn't stick in the comic strip), along with a few new words I thought of while making up this list. Please do not read the following aloud.

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Ayatollah Cockamamie

The Best of Anything

Bizarre

Blooper

Boff

Boffo

The Brat Pack

Buzzword

Collectible

Computer Hacker

Computer Whiz

Controversial

Critically Acclaimed

Don't Even Think of Parking Here

Driving Machine

Exxon

Famous

Flexible Freeze

Follow Your Bliss

Foodie

Fresh Frozen

Gives Good Phone

Gold Card

Gold Anything

Goombye

Graffiti Art

The Great American Anything

Groupie

Hall of Fame

Hall of Shame

Happy Campers

Have Your Machine Call My Machine

Humanitarian Aid for the Contras

Infamous

Infiniti

Interfaith

In Your Face

Iranamok

Jews for Jesus

L.A. Style

Le Anything

Lethal Weapon

Life's a Bitch and Then You Die

Life's a Bitch and Then You Marry One

Limited Edition

Liposuction

Naughty But Nice

Never Say Never

No Fat Chicks

Paper Trail

Perp

Perpetrator

Phone Sex

Phone Tag

Pork (as a verb)

Puns in Newspaper Headlines

Put Your Hands Together, People

The Reagan Revolution

Rockcessories

Shit Happens

Shocking

So Many Men, So Little Time

Soulmate

Starsearch

Stocking Stuffer

Thank You for Not Smoking

Vegas

The White-Gloved One

You Toucha My Car, I Breaka You Face

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Matt Groening.

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