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Watch the flippin’ profanity in Ocean City, Md.

Town officials in Ocean City, Md., are looking to keep their boardwalk G-rated and family-friendly by posting signage politely asking visitors to watch their language.

Councilwoman Mary Knight, the official behind the no-cursing movement, says she’s bringing it up as a result of constituent requests to explore the issue, according to USA Today.
 
"It's just kind of a kindness campaign," Knight told the paper. "I so believe in the First Amendment rights, but I also believe that when people are there, they don't need to hear really, really foul language. I'm talking about words that, I just think, your children don't need explained. I think the family that walks by and sees that will think, gosh, at least Ocean City's trying."
 
The town council approved the measure last week, and the signs, which simply read “No profanity please,” will be posted on every block of the boardwalk before summer, according to The Baltimore Sun.
 
"Will it solve the problem of profanity 100 percent? No," Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan told the paper, "But will it make it better? We hope so. Sometimes you can address one thing and it can have a life of its own and carry on to other things."
 
So what happens if you forget your flip-flops, step on the hot sand and let loose a litany of profanity in Ocean City? Well, nothing really. Maybe some disappointed finger wagging from other beachgoers, but the reminders carry no legal penalty for the use of foul language, according to The Baltimore Sun.
 
Knight told the paper she hopes the signs will help “set a tone” on the boardwalk.
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