The Passing of a Legend

George Carlin: May 12, 1937 – June 22,2008 (RIP)

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Moment of silence for the passing of, what I considered to be,

one of the comedic geniuses of our era…………………………

Excerpts from news reports:

Carlin was blunt about his own struggles. He suffered several heart attacks, one at Dodger Stadium during a baseball game. He also underwent treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.

He was relentlessly amused by humanity — in one of his most famous lines, he pointed out that “if you’re born in this world you’re given a ticket to the freak show. If you’re born in America, you’re given a front-row seat” — but refused to consider himself a cynic. He preferred “disappointed idealist.”

It all went into his comedy. He was fascinated by language and euphemism, noting that “there’s a reluctance to confront reality and a desire to soften unpleasant realities.” In a different life, he said, he may have been a teacher.

Which he was, anyway.

“Part of what my impulse is with things I’ve said or done, I think it is an attempt to demystify these things, to take them out of the realm of the forbidden and the disgusting and the off-base, and to at least bring them into the discussion,” he told CNN.com.

From the ap (LA):

In one of his most famous routines, Carlin railed against euphemisms he said have become so widespread that no one can simply “die.”

“‘Older’ sounds a little better than ‘old,’ doesn’t it?,” he said. “Sounds like it might even last a little longer. … I’m getting old. And it’s OK. Because thanks to our fear of death in this country I won’t have to die β€” I’ll ‘pass away.’ Or I’ll ‘expire,’ like a magazine subscription. If it happens in the hospital they’ll call it a ‘terminal episode.’ The insurance company will refer to it as ‘negative patient care outcome.’ And if it’s the result of malpractice they’ll say it was a ‘therapeutic misadventure.'”

3 days before his death, this cartoon by Borgman of the Cincinnati Inquirer appeared:

George Carlin on “Soft Language”:

*Some questionable language (go figure!) contained in the following video, but my favorite routine he does – its all about the WORDS, of course!*

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3 Responses

  1. Good posting. He’ll be missed.

    Feel free to check my article out.

    Thanks!
    -Chas

    Thanks Chas!
    I couldn’t find a link to your article?

  2. gee… i hope he’s getting his porkchops…

    http://www.amazon.com/When-Will-Jesus-Bring-Chops/dp/140130821X/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1214248239&sr=8-13

    that was a funny guy…

    I debated putting the Porkchop routine up, but having a love of language, I couldn’t resist putting that one up! πŸ™‚
    I cannot honestly claim to be one of his biggest fans (my hubby quotes him verbatim), but I DID enjoy his take on things as being what many thought, but didn’t say … or maybe said “softer” than they thought it?

  3. He was one of the greats! And he will truely be missed in this houshold. Love ya George. Thanks for posting this LeLe.

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