Cartoon References George Carlin Three Days Before the Comedian’s Death

By: Dave Astor

In one of those odd coincidences, Jim Borgman drew an editorial cartoon for last Thursday with a George Carlin-inspired theme of “seven words you can never say.” Yesterday, Carlin died.

Borgman — of The Cincinnati Enquirer and Universal Press Syndicate — headlined his cartoon “The 7 Words You Can Never Say to Americans (With Apologies to George Carlin).”

Then he showed Carlin saying these seven words: “You” “are” “using” “too” “damn” “much” “oil.”

The cartoonist noted that Carlin was on his mind last week because the comedian had won a major award.

Borgman is a 1991 Pulitzer Prize winner who also collaborates with Jerry Scott on the “Zits” comic strip that runs in more than 1,500 newspapers via King Features Syndicate.

The Carlin cartoon can be seen here.

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