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The 42 Words You Can Never Say in Emails to the D.C. Government


More than four decades ago, comedian George Carlin famously - and profanely - riffed on the seven dirty words you can never say on television. 

The District’s email system, it turns out, has a lot more verboten words than that: 42.

The words include familiar profanities, such as the f-word and its variations, the n-word and other racial slurs, and a few that can be heard on network television, according to a list provided to The Washington Post.

This is not prudishness, political correctness or an attempt to raise the level of civil discourse, officials said. It’s cybersecurity.

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