Date: Sat, 2 Dec 1995 10:59:00 CST


Subject: aol's banned list

This morning's Chicago Tribune (Business Section p 1) has

a story relating America Online's list of proscribed words.

Specifically, the word 'breast' was on AOL's list of 'vulgar'

words. When the word was entered, it generated a message saying

that vulgar words were not permitted. 'Breast' has now been

deleted from the list (after protest by breast cancer survivors

who used AOL to share concerns). My question: what other

words are on the list? Can anyone provide the words and

any background provided by AOL?

George Carlin had only seven words (breast not among them);

I imagine AOL doubled or tripled the number, given 30 years

of hindsight.


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