I grew up with George Carlin and his "seven dirty words." He was clearly more than a comedian. Who could refute that he was part philosopher/social critic. Below is a short
paragraph encapsulating some of the significance he had as a pop icon. This is subsequently followed by a dozen and a half of his more memorable zingers.
George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, philosopher, satirist, actor, and writer/author who won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums. Carlin was noted for his black humor as well as his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. Carlin and his "Seven Dirty Words" comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a 5–4 decision by the justices affirmed the government's power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves.