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Pat McMahon

Updated Jun 26, 2014 - 7:55 am


I recently read something I thought was exceptionally clever: "Heck is where people go who don't believe in gosh."

Creative and funny, but it's more than that.

It's also reflective of the power of the words -- both acceptable and unacceptable. Now that technology has made instant communication available to every part of the world, that communication is the responsibility of each communicator -- and that's when appropriateness becomes difficult to define.

When I was growing up, the ultimate spoken or written obscenity was what we now colloquially refer to as the F-word. Back then you might see it scrawled on a back-alley fence.

But now it's the unusual movie that doesn't use it, often excessively. It's the foundation of most stand-up comic routines and it's on cable programming every day, along with the S-word, the B-word and, of course, the N-word -- without which rap music would cease to exist.

And it's not just vulgarities. We are told never to create a likeness of Mohammed, and Orthodox Jews write out only "G" out of respect for God.

Words can be so offensive. But if you've noticed, not so much from people who actually have vocabularies.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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