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On The Light Side

May 31, 1986

MEDFORD, N.J. (AP) _ If you’re mad as &? 3/8% 3/8 and you want to scream it out, who ya gonna call? ... The Cussbusters, a group of Lenape High School students who are waging a campaign against profanity.

The Cussbusters gathered 900 signatures, representing more than half of the student body, to support a campaign launched this week to clean up teen-age vocabularies.

″They want to stop. I think they want to stop,″ said Wendy Boice, an 11th grade Cussbuster. An unprintable expletive has become ″just a normal word, an everyday word to them,″ she said.

T-shirts, buttons, posters and a ″Cuss Rap″ song sprouted in the schoolhalls this week, as did the campaign’s symbol - a mouth with the tongue hanging out and a garbage can at the tip of the tongue.

Cussbuster Dave Weaver says the campaign is already working.

″If something slips out, they say, ‘I’m sorry,’ and start over again,″ he said. What do the Cussbusters suggest to replace the familiar faux pas? Their list of alternatives includes ″marvelous,″ ″you big toe″ and ″turkey lips.″


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Teen-ager twins each got a $100 bill for graduation, but they can’t get their hands on the cash.

During graduation ceremonies at Fulton High School on Thursday, Gene Moses handed each daughter her $100 bill - laminated onto a piece of 8-by-10-inch plastic with her senior picture underneath and the words ″Class of ’86.″

″But you can’t spend it,″ said Rhonda Kay Moses as she examined her gift for an opening. ″It’s not fair.″

But Donna Faye Moses conceded the gift ″is cute.″

Moses said he gave his 18-year-old daughters the gifts as a lesson in the value of money.

″It was just something I thought up,″ he said. ″They could take a scissors and cut it to get into it, I suppose. But they’d better not do it.″

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