Banned license plate words in Md.: PIMP, TOILET


Not too much wrong with this Maryland license plate — unless you're a Nationals fan.

According to some funny and etymological reporting by the Baltimore Sun, the following are words you will never see on a Maryland license plate, as specified by the state’s Objectionable Plate List:

HEROIN

TOILET

FBI

CIA

KILLALL

SAFESEX

PIMP

CHUMP

BUNS

The paper notes that it could not print a list of all the banned words for a reason that seems rather obvious: Many of the words are really, really bad.

How does a word get banned from the plates? Explainer: “State law allows the MVA to deny tags that have a scatological or sexual meaning; use curse words, epithets or obscenities; carry a ‘fraudulent or deceptive purpose’ (FBI and CIA are banned); refer to illegal acts (sorry, no HEROIN or KILLALL) or convey messages about a group’s race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability,” the paper says.

Vanity plate censorship is apparently not a precise art. The Sun notes that the following words are allowed, and several, as you will see, have relationships to the banned words that may or may not be noted by Oxford English Dictionary:

THEPUKE

FATPIMP

FATAL

BUTTS

SUX2BU

PHATAZZ

BAD AZZ

WTF

What would your vanity plate read in a perfect world? Leave them in the comments or tweet them to me at @PostRosenwaldMD. Mine would say TUMS.

Michael Rosenwald is a reporter on the Post's local enterprise team. He writes about the intersection of technology, business and culture.
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