Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 23:55:40 -0500
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Vanity Plate Speech
This is from the New York Post, 24 November 1997, pg. 5, cols. 2-6:
NYSEZ 671BAD WRDZR
UNFIT4 LICENS PL8S
DMV bans cars' vanity profanity
by Gregg Birnbaum
ALBANY--The state Department of Motor Vehicles has banned more than 650
vanity license plates--everything from ASS to ZBALLS--as unfit for public
consumption, the Post has learned.
The never-before-revealed roster of outlawed license plate combinations
is full of vicious racial and ethnic slurs, curse words and lots of sexy
Legend at the DMV also has it that someone tried to get the plate
HOOKER, but was sent packing because it's slang for prostitute.
It turned out Hooker was the driver's family name, one that traced back
to a well-known Civil War general, Joseph Hooker. After a court battle, the
HOOKER plate was approved. But it has since been put back on the taboo list.
DMV officials insist that banning certain plates is not a free-speech
"You don't have the right to use the F-word on a license plate," Filieau
said. "You can buy a bumper sticker if you want to do that."
WHAT? No "F-WORD" on a license plate! Wait'll I tell that to--
Here's a list from the newspaper:
Ethnic and racial:
JAP, JEW, JOO, KKK, NAZI, MAFIA, MAFEA, SSMAN, PISANO
BRA, CARNAL, DIGSEX, EAT (C'mon! My mother could've driven to "eat"--ed.),
FORPLY, GAYGUY, GAYLIB, HOOKER, HORNY, INLUST, INHEAT, KISSIT, LUVSEX,
PERVERT, PIMP, PLAY ("Play" is banned? They like "work"?--ed.), SCREW, SEX,
SEXY, SEXHOG, SEXPOT, STUD, SUPSEX, TURNON, 10INCHES
ASS, SOB, HELL, OHEL, PISHER, PSTOFF, PISS, BITCH, NOSHT (No shit, but this
could be someone who likes to nosh--ed.), BRDSHT, VOMIT, TOILET, TOYLET,
STUFIT, BASTARD, KISSOFF, CRAMIT
GOD, IMGOD, JESUS, UBGOD, GODGOD, HEYGOD, OMYGOD (I like that--ed.), UJESUS
Police and government:
COP, DMV, FBI, KOP, FDNY, FIRE, NYCPD, DEPUTY, KGBCIA, OINKPD, PIG, POLICE,
POLIZE, PQLICE, TOPCOP, USARMY, USGOVT, USMAIL, USNAVY
DRUGSALE, KILLER (Sorry, O. J.--ed.), JUNKIE, SUICID, PHU, DUPA, OUTS, MOX
This concerns my job--I know of some others. The state issues MD
(doctor) and DDS (dentist) plates and handicapped number plates, and it's
illegal to have anything that looks like them (MD123 of DDS123, for example).
I once gave a hearing to a person who had the plate 96TEARS. He
performed on that original song, "Ninety-Six Tears"--his only hit. He was a
really nice guy, but I found him guilty. I thought he was gonna cry....