More euphemisms: "pervasive language"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 17 19:20:34 UTC 2012

"TV-14" seems to mean "Possibly to your taste if you've just turned 14.
Much older than that and you're likely to be bored and irritated."


On Sat, Mar 17, 2012 at 3:10 PM, Larry Sheldon <LarrySheldon at> wrote:

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> On 3/17/2012 12:38 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> > I wonder whether one of the spurs to this narrowed usage might be the
> > frequent use of the big label L for "language" on television shows
> > and broadcast movies (not only at the start but when they come back
> > from commercial interruptions) as one of the options along with
> > S(ex), N(udity), D(rug use), V(iolence), and whatever else I'm
> > forgetting.
> That is the decode I have been looking for!  I've not seen it before.
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