The news wires and the blogosphere are awash with tributes to George Carlin, and deservedly so. George was admitted to hospital on Sunday complaining of chest pains and died of heart failure late in the afternoon. He was 71 years old.

So why am I adding my voice to the global outpouring of grief? Well, Carlin was quite a man. Primarily a stand-up comedian, he was also and actor and an author and won four Grammy Awards for comedy albums. But one of the reasons that I personally liked him so much was his great insights into language. (He also had a great thoughts on religion, once saying that a new commandment should be added, “Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself.” Good idea, that.)

A great example of his exasperation with modern language can be seen in this YouTube clip.

You can learn all about the man at his Wikipedia entry here.

Jesus is coming – look busy.


1937 – 2008