BUTT banned, BUTTS somehow okay
March 4, 2013 3:28 PM   Subscribe

DC has banned over 26,000 vanity licence plate letterings. Can you out-smut the DC DMV?
posted by troika (99 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
I bet this guy could. He's gonna need 700 cars though.
posted by Artw at 3:31 PM on March 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


FCFCKR

- OK

Well that was easy.
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:32 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


FCKBUSH passes. I declare victory.
posted by saturday_morning at 3:33 PM on March 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


Apparently c0ck and assh0le are OK.
posted by mokin at 3:33 PM on March 4, 2013


DYK3 - OK

I guess the DC DMV doesn't sp34k 1337?
posted by rmxwl at 3:33 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


First try: FUCKWAD

OK!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:33 PM on March 4, 2013 [8 favorites]


FRACKME: OK!
posted by limeonaire at 3:34 PM on March 4, 2013


Also GOATSE, which I have seen on a license plate IRL.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 3:35 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


PHUGH worked as well.
posted by NoMich at 3:35 PM on March 4, 2013


EATLSD and DODRUGS are also OK.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:37 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


GETBENT = AOK
posted by porn in the woods at 3:38 PM on March 4, 2013


BUTTSEX is okay.

(this is both the license plate tool's ruling and my person opinion)


So is GAYCOCK.

---

On a less juvenile note, Marion Barry would have both the option of CRCKMYR and MRCRACK if he was interested.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:38 PM on March 4, 2013 [6 favorites]


p3n1s
c0ck
dong
dick

Is this thing on?
posted by joelf at 3:40 PM on March 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


KS has a list of banned vanity plates. I'm sad that GUNDAM is forbidden.

Also: Vanity plates are a point of irritation for me, because people have no imagination when it comes to picking them. I thought the worst was a Camry with a BAZINGA plate, but weeks later I saw a Corvette with LVNLRG which almost made me puke.

Yet another week later, I found a UGOGOD1, which meant that UGOGOD was taken and the driver didn't want to pick anything else.
posted by hellojed at 3:40 PM on March 4, 2013 [5 favorites]


sheisse, shmata, and mierda all worked. Apparently DC DMV needs a vulgarian on staff.
posted by spacely_sprocket at 3:40 PM on March 4, 2013


If they were being really smart, they'd be following referrers to that article, finding threads like these, and reading them for suggestions. Basically a way of crowdsourcing additions to the banned-words list.

(I suspect they are not being really smart.)
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 3:40 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


So, how does this work? Is it a list they weigh applications against, or is it a list of denied applications?
posted by Sys Rq at 3:40 PM on March 4, 2013


ASSMAN is banned. Somewhere, Cosmo Kramer sheds a single tear.
posted by rmxwl at 3:41 PM on March 4, 2013 [6 favorites]


FUXDOGS <-- first try, thank you very much.
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 3:42 PM on March 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


"As part of the FOIA request, the DMV declined to say how they compiled the list. "
posted by Catchfire at 3:45 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


And yet phoque appears to be banned.
posted by wreckingball at 3:47 PM on March 4, 2013


You can search Wisconsin's vanity plate lookup, too.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 3:48 PM on March 4, 2013


hellojed: "I'm sad that GUNDAM is forbidden."

Odds are good that it's mainly the DAM part that gets it blocked.
posted by graventy at 3:49 PM on March 4, 2013


Yeah, I'm starting to think that the tool as designed on the second link isn't designed correctly -- that FCK, GAY, BUTT, SEX would all trigger a "No" in the real world in most any combination, because they exist on the list individually, but the tool doesn't take that into account.

But maybe I'm thinking the government is more capable than it really is. It wouldn't be the first time I'd been called a optimistic liberal. (And it wouldn't be the first time I was wrong.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:49 PM on March 4, 2013


Doesn't work well, obviously...just logged in to show this plate-friendly reference to Martin Ssempa:

8DAPUPU
posted by Monstrous Moonshine at 3:55 PM on March 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


CUNTS, PENISES, SEXISM and WHORES are all permitted. So are some variations on the n-word. I'm sure that this isn't an exhaustive list.
posted by absolutelynot at 3:57 PM on March 4, 2013


Nova Scotia's similar list is way more fun than this one. Rather than just being a list of words that they won't allow outright, it's also a list of personalized plates they've had to ban. I'm not sure what you're up to at this moment, but going through this list with friends is a really great night out.
posted by Old Man Wilson at 3:57 PM on March 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


The capital city's DMV has a 53-page list of 26,993 license plate no-no's that prohibit everything from praising the local baseball team to expressing disgust with the Internal Revenue Service.

There's no way there are 26,993 answers that return BANNED in the "out-smut the DMV" game.
posted by 23skidoo at 3:58 PM on March 4, 2013


I'm sad that GUNDAM is forbidden.

Do you really need a licence plate for your 60' tall mecha?
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 3:58 PM on March 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


YOMAMA is A-OK!
posted by jquinby at 3:59 PM on March 4, 2013


B0OBIES

-- OK! --
posted by mazola at 3:59 PM on March 4, 2013


I have some friends who really like The Three Musketeers. When vanity plates were rolled out, they went and got DUMAS. I dropped by to visit, and they proudly showed me their new plate. I said "You know, someone is going to think that says "dumbass." They looked at each other for a bit. Then the brother of one of my friends came up the driveway, stopped and said "Hey, dumbass!" There were more looks, but they kept that license plate for many years.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:07 PM on March 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


WHYFUCK is good, but YFUCK is banned.

FSCK is banned. FSCKER isn't.

CUNTY is ok, too.
posted by jeather at 4:10 PM on March 4, 2013


I out-smutted them so many times it's not even worth posting the examples. Meanwhile they are banning all kinds of harmless plates:

BARCODE
BETTY
CUTIE
HYBRID2
IKE
MATTHEW
LOOK
....

Why, haters?
posted by scose at 4:13 PM on March 4, 2013


There's a Virginia vanity plate that's regularly parked in my DC neighborhood with a vanity plate "UST1NK," which drives me crazy. This is seriously the face you want to give the world? It's bad enough to be from Virginia, you don't have to be a dick about it.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 4:14 PM on March 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


'SQUISH' is banned in Kansas. Yet is OK in Washington DC.

Now I know where to get a car licensed, if I ever want a plate memorializing my old cat...
posted by spinifex23 at 4:18 PM on March 4, 2013


FYoo is fine.

I expect that there is a human element to these things as well. As a teen, I applied for a vanity plate, which was innocent (which I will not reveal). The clerk typed the word into the computer, which showed it as available/not banned. Then, she picked up the phone, and called someone, reading the license plate. They thought about it for a moment, and then cleared it.

I expect that, for example, if I had tried FYoo, however, I would be blocked.
posted by China Grover at 4:18 PM on March 4, 2013


POLICE is banned, but not COP. So you, too, can impersonate an officer with IMACOP!
posted by Apocryphon at 4:18 PM on March 4, 2013


FUCKS no, but PHUCKS yes.

COCKS no, but C0CKS yes.

FKROMNY works, although I suppose it's irrelevant now.

SLUTTY works just fine. As does DOUCHE.

Then the brother of one of my friends came up the driveway, stopped and said "Hey, dumbass!" There were more looks, but they kept that license plate for many years
.

Speaking of which, DUMA55 works too.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 4:23 PM on March 4, 2013


WETSPOT ok! Yay! And MRHAPPY.
posted by Wet Spot at 4:24 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm sad that GUNDAM is forbidden.

Don't worry, ROBOTCH still works.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 4:25 PM on March 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Huffington Post: 21 Accidentally Inappropriate Vanity Plates
posted by obscure simpsons reference at 4:31 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


BARCODE

Coded reference to the MArk of the Beast

BETTY

Coded eference to Bettie Page, hipster sex-idol. Or to Betty Rubble, which is somehow worse.

CUTIE

This is just demeaning to you car ans passersby.

HYBRID2

Insulting to alien-human genetic experiments.

IKE

No presidential references.

MATTHEW

If you'd met Matthew, you'd know what this was about.

LOOK

Are you this starved for attention? You are embarrassing 21st C America, which is not easy to do.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:45 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


This immediately made me think of Blue Avenger Cracks the Code, a YA novel where trying to outwit a license plate censor is a major plot thread. For the record, our hero in that book put a lot more work into encrypting a much tamer word.

Man, the Blue Avenger books. Trippy pseudo-superhero wish-fulfillment crossed with basic intros to philosophy. So good.
posted by ActionPopulated at 4:46 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


"2G1CUP" seems fine, if slightly dated.

"DODRUGS" is fine.

Also, "VTHKOLM" seems great. (BUMPER STUMPERS, was that great or what???)
posted by GuyZero at 4:50 PM on March 4, 2013


I expect this has been revoked by now. Maybe not, it is Vegas.
posted by krix at 4:50 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


AR15 isn't banned...YET.
posted by orme at 4:55 PM on March 4, 2013


Bukkake no; Bukake yes
posted by WASP-12b at 4:56 PM on March 4, 2013


ILVCOX

no lie

and it passed
posted by MoxieProxy at 5:02 PM on March 4, 2013


My last name is banned!? ASHER, really?
posted by The Deej at 5:07 PM on March 4, 2013


4NALFST

Totally passed.
posted by jivadravya at 5:16 PM on March 4, 2013


TATER passes.
posted by Killick at 5:17 PM on March 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


Many of the banned (DC) plates confuse me: CELL, ANDY, ADMIRAL, ALRIGHT, ALCHEMY, ARRIBA, CLAMS, BMW6, ALAMODE?? And that's just the first few pages.

They are very thorough too. All banned: DAAAAAM DAAAAM DAAAAMM DAAAAMN DAAAMM DAAAMN DAAAMNN DAAM

Also, some of them banned plates are hilariously weird. E.g., ASS4CAT (maybe this is a play on words I don't get), DORITOS. DRUGMAN. LOBSTER.
posted by kiltedtaco at 5:20 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm in the area and I saw one this very morning that said "BADB8H". I can't figure out any interpretation other than 'bad bitch'; enlighten me if you can.
posted by capricorn at 5:23 PM on March 4, 2013


EATCUNT works for me
posted by flabdablet at 5:27 PM on March 4, 2013


So does SADCUNT, which strikes me as a valid hipster's plate.
posted by flabdablet at 5:29 PM on March 4, 2013


MEH is banned. This system is cruel and capricious.
posted by kiltedtaco at 5:32 PM on March 4, 2013


ILVCOX

I spent an embarrassing amount of time (more than a second) trying to figure out what Roman numeral this was.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 5:33 PM on March 4, 2013 [9 favorites]


*butts in*

sorry. goodnight.
posted by jonmc at 5:45 PM on March 4, 2013


3M TA3 Banned.
posted by cjorgensen at 5:47 PM on March 4, 2013


Obligatory.
posted by koeselitz at 5:49 PM on March 4, 2013



I'm sad that GUNDAM is forbidden.

Do you really need a licence plate for your 60' tall mecha?


I just want people to watch me drive by and then shout "IT'S A GUNDAM!" very loudly.
posted by Going To Maine at 5:50 PM on March 4, 2013


"Vanity plates are a point of irritation for me, because people have no imagination when it comes to picking them."

I saw a 60ish woman driving a little red sports car with the vanity plate "HOTFLASH". I was like, "You are the greatest woman in America!"
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:57 PM on March 4, 2013 [6 favorites]


Either I'm really naive, or some of the bans just don't make sense.
posted by DoubleLune at 5:59 PM on March 4, 2013


Came here for Bad Brains references; Was sorely dissapointed.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 6:03 PM on March 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


And yet phoque appears to be banned.

Huh. You'd think if anything would get the seal of approval...
posted by yoink at 6:25 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


MSTRB8R OK
4NIK8R BANNED
posted by bitslayer at 6:28 PM on March 4, 2013


They are very thorough too. All banned: DAAAAAM DAAAAM DAAAAMM DAAAAMN DAAAMM DAAAMN DAAAMNN DAAM

Ray Smuckles is disappointed.
posted by scose at 6:34 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


The embedded checker is not so good. I don't think you can fool DMV with the 0 for O or 1 for I tricks, since license plates aren't encoded with both. I would think that the DMV automatically flags for review anything wherein a forbidden character sequence appears as a substring. At the yahoo link we're only checking exact matches against a string list. Some stuff's on there, like SH1T. But most things aren't, and there's no way they'd print a plate that said YUMJI22 or CUN7.

Maybe this word list is only a report of plates banned previously?
posted by damehex at 6:35 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


TAINT - banned
8TAINT - OK!

BEWBS - OK!

SMEGMA - banned
SMEG, SMEGGIN - OK!

THEBIRD - banned
DABIRD - OK!
posted by peagood at 6:39 PM on March 4, 2013


I'm sad that BUKKAKE is the only naughty Japanese word I see worthy of non-inclusion. All my nerdy manga vocabulary learned for nothing!
posted by nicebookrack at 6:41 PM on March 4, 2013


MEFI OK
ASKMEFI OK
META OK
MATT OK
CORTEX OK
JESS OK
PB OK
NOMAD OK
TAZ OK
INSANE OK
PITA OK

LOSTER BANNED
posted by unliteral at 6:46 PM on March 4, 2013


MITTEN is OK though.
posted by unliteral at 6:47 PM on March 4, 2013


I tried an improbably-approved vanity plate that I've actually seen in real life: BDSM-911

Which is apparently 100% okay by both the DC (and Ohio) DMV. Who knew?
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:55 PM on March 4, 2013


Yeah, seriously, what can you have as a vanity plate in DC? Other filthy, filthy plates apparently include:

ANITA
PLANIT
SOGLAD
US
FWD
DOORS
BUFFY
BTRFLY
PATCH
SCOOP
TRUTH
WOWOWEE
posted by threeants at 7:07 PM on March 4, 2013


SMEGMA - banned
SMEG, SMEGGIN - OK!


SMEG is a popular European maker of large appliances. Here's a page from their website: Cooking with SMEG. Bon app├ętit, smeg-head!
posted by Sys Rq at 7:10 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


First try: ASSORGY is ok.

I don't have anything to follow that.
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College at 7:24 PM on March 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Lazlo Hollyfeld: “Came here for Bad Brains references; Was sorely dissapointed.”

Ahem.
posted by koeselitz at 8:14 PM on March 4, 2013


Success!

SNTORUM
posted by equalpants at 8:52 PM on March 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Maybe the list includes not only "banned" plates, but taken ones? Might explain the innocuous ones?
posted by AstroGuy at 9:29 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


How many times per day do you think the guys and gals who process vanity plates roll their eyes? More times than any other job, I would guess.
posted by straight at 10:26 PM on March 4, 2013


Assman is gone. Don't proctologists need a plate too?
posted by psycho-alchemy at 12:09 AM on March 5, 2013


ANALSEX is fine.
posted by ZaneJ. at 1:45 AM on March 5, 2013


I wonder if this is a cunning crowd-sourcing scheme by the DMV.
1. Say you have a "definitive" list of banned words.
2. Create "check my vanity plate" app on national newspaper site.
3. Auto-add all words entered into app into the banned words database.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:37 AM on March 5, 2013 [5 favorites]


Via the magic of the intertubes you can watch Minnie Driver on the Graham Norton show reading a list of names that have been refused by the British Horse Racing Authority. And one that got through.
posted by humph at 3:37 AM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


SRLYTHS is good-to-go!
posted by Thorzdad at 4:38 AM on March 5, 2013


Looks like they watched The Wire.

SHEIT - BANNED
SHEEIT - BANNED
SHEEEIT - BANNED

SHEIIT - OK!
posted by kirkaracha at 6:34 AM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


ACDC - OK
DCSUX - OK

ACDCSUX -----> OK!!
posted by Skygazer at 6:48 AM on March 5, 2013


ANUSMAN - OK
CRACKHO - OK
DNKYSHW - OK
ERECT - banned
posted by substars at 8:12 AM on March 5, 2013


POO - OK
POOP - OK
POOPOO - BANNED
POOPY - OK
posted by kirkaracha at 8:18 AM on March 5, 2013


DRINK - OK
FECK - OK
ARSE - banned it
posted by flabdablet at 8:26 AM on March 5, 2013


Once upon a time, when I was working in Princeton, there was a tiny red sports car parked in our parking lot every day. The license plate said: HOT69X.

I commuted with a coworker and we regularly made guesses about who drove the car. It was fun to sort of try to imagine which of the government drones we worked with could possibly be HOT69X.

And then one day, it happened. HOT69X came out of the building and got into her car and it all made so much more sense.
posted by jph at 9:53 AM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I wonder if some of these were banned simply due to an insanely high number of requests. If they were publicly available, I could imagine the annoyance and staff time consumed having people repeatedly call to check to see if the tag was recently available, not to mention the possibility of a less-than honest employee "selling" this tag number to a highest bidder.

Just perusing the list it seems that plates like "57CHVY" "60VETTE" and "NCCI70I" would only be on the banned list for these reasons.
posted by Debaser626 at 10:05 AM on March 5, 2013


BIGBUNS - OK

Ride on Wienermobile, ride on.
posted by ohohcyte at 10:33 AM on March 5, 2013


In VA, I used the automated system to get MYK OXBG for my "midlife crisis" car as a joke, you know, cause of what we say about guys with sports cars. It was/is my understanding that they don't check that hard, but if they get a complaint from from a prude then they may recall your plate.

It actually got me out of a speeding ticket once because the officer was so amused by it. Don't have the car anymore, but did keep the plates.
posted by Mr. Big Business at 10:53 AM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


MYK OXBG

posted by Mr. Big Business


E-penis-terical.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:56 AM on March 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


LUVCOK = no.
LUVC0K = yes.
LUVDIK - yes.
TWATT = ok.
posted by imjustsaying at 5:07 PM on March 5, 2013


Good news for people who like sexy sex: SEXYSEX is ok.
posted by naoko at 6:57 AM on March 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


MINGE - OK
FLANGE - OK
SCROTE - Not OK
SEEPAGE - rather good
posted by flabdablet at 10:32 AM on March 7, 2013


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