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Ban Wagon--"bitch" and "ho" edition

Ted Balaker
August 6, 2007, 12:32pm

Nineteen of 59 council members have signed onto the law, which would also "ban" the use of "ho." But would this affect dog show aficionados (or those who just like to snicker when refined announcers talk about female dogs)? Much of the article discusses how these naughty words have become quite prevalent, even in some unexpected circles. No surprise to hear them from hip hoppers, but council members? Sort of interesting that that line hangs there in the NYT article, without further exploration. Could also file this under the ongoing Singaporization of New York. (You know, Councilwoman Mealy, gum-chewing has plenty of antisocial consequences.) Related: Ban Wagon--trans fat edition; national pastime edition; royal family edition; distracted driving--and walking--editions; and of course smoking.

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