Boner? I hardly know her!

I love this post (anything dick right now is hilarious) but this is just smart writing.

Strong Language

“Can you believe they had a character called ‘Beaver Cleaver’ on a wholesome television show?!”

As I self-righteously mocked the naivety of an older generation, it occurred to me that mine also grew up watching a character with a name we’d now consider inappropriate. Andrew Koenig played Richard “Boner” Stabone, best friend to Kirk Cameron’s Mike Seaver, on Growing Pains. Looking at how the show got away with using that nickname offers us a fantastic case study of semantic change.

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