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Monday, April 03, 2006
To B.S. or Not to B.S.
Ah, the subtleties of slang management. Sometimes a word's OK to print, other times it's not. I guess. Tonight's the season opener for Penn & Teller's anti-nonsense series with (warning! don't click if you might be offended) a bleepable name. In Saturday's Inquirer, TV critic Jonathan Storm posted an interview with Philly's own Teller, pictured above using his head as an asterisk. The title of the show, however, is genteelly replaced with Bovine Stuff. Pretty good magic trick, huh? Making a title disappear! Funny, but when a certain philosophical best-seller utilized the same word, the title did appear atop Carlin Romano's Inquirer review and was quoted several times. In other instances, Romano had fun referencing such start-alikes as bulltwaddle, bullkerfluffle, bulltripe, bullpiffle and bullbunkum. He also wrote the perfect close: "I bullrot you not."