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Oh, darn: California to try a week without four-letter words

Watch your mouth, California.

The nation's most populous state is asking its 38 million residents to stop using four-letter words for an entire week beginning Monday.

On a voice vote, the Assembly passed a resolution Thursday declaring the first week of March each year as "Cuss-Free Week" and inviting, but not requiring, Californians to comply.

The resolution honors McKay Hatch, who started a no-cussing club at his South Pasadena junior high school nearly three years ago.

The 16-year-old Hatch, who has seen no-cussing clubs expand to more than 100 schools and 35,000 online members, attended Thursday's Assembly vote.

Hatch doesn't really expect the entire state to honor the resolution, but he hopes it will attract attention to civil discourse.

"I just want to get back to the basics," he said. "People use cussing so frequently that they don't even know it, but it really offends a lot of people."

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