Last week we had a chuckle over some of the vanity license plates banned in Florida. But then we learn that Pakistani authorities have notified the telecoms in the country to ban certain words and phrases from text messages. Here's the story at the Guardian. But some of the phrases would seem very out of place in a typical Pakistani text.
All this comes by way of Legal Blog Watch which points us to Deadspin.com where they tell us the list came from an old list of words and phrases banned from jerseys by the NFL Shop. They say this is the list at Google docs.
It's almost easy to think a fundamentalist regime might ban some of them, but others really make one question the nanny state rationale of the decision makers. By comparison they make some our own captains of political correctness seem almost sane. Take a look at a sampling:
#62 athletes foot
#221 crack pipe
#565 Jesus Christ
#577 K mart
#668 money shot
#695 neon deon
#756 poor white trash
While the Pakistani government is currently in a theatrical display of outrage over a friendly fire incident, one suspects they are looking forward to a #668, a "money shot," to assuage their hurt feelings.