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No profanity, please: Bad words "banned" in Ocean City, Md.

A "No Profanity" sign like this one will soon be found on every block of the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md.
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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Maryland's most popular beach town - Ocean City - is imposing a "ban" on the use of bad words, reports CBS Baltimore.

Signs reading "No profanity, please" will soon be posted on every block of the boardwalk. The measure was approved by the town council this week, according to the station.

"It's just a gentle reminder but we want our visitors and especially our families to know that Ocean City cares," said Council Secretary Mary Knight.

Business owners can also post the blue and white signs in their windows, reports the station.

"I run the water gun up on the boardwalk and sometimes people use profanity and I always say, `Watch your mouth; there's children here,'" said one business owner.


So what happens if you accidentally swear? According to the station, there's no citation because Ocean City can't legally outlaw profanity.

According to CBS Baltimore, a recent study showed Maryland is the second most foul-mouthed state in the country. The new signs send a different message.

Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan wrote on Facebook, "Our family image is very important to us and we think people will feel that when they see our new signs."

The station says there are similar signs in Virginia Beach but under their ordinance, you can be fined for using such...expressive language.