Oh perish the use of the four-letter words
Whose meanings are never obscure!
The Angles and Saxons, those bawdy old birds,
Were vulgar, obscene, and impure.


But cherish the use of the weaseling phrase
That never quite says what you mean!
You’d better be known for your hypocrite ways
Than as vulgar, impure, and obscene.

Let your morals be loose as an alderman’s vest
If your language is always obscure
Today, not the act, but the word is the test
Of the vulgar, obscene, and impure.

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