The Swedish state does like to protect us from things: alcohol, taking responsibility, getting injured, earning too much money, stuff like that. And now, I have discovered, they are also very concerned about what we can have on the number plate of our cars.
There is a black list, held in a great grey safe somewhere in the lowest basement of the Swedish traffic regulation and busybody board (Vägverket). And upon this list are written, in the blood of virgin ticket ladies, those 3-letter combinations that are so powerful as to never be uttered in polite company, or inscribed upon a license plate.
So avert thine eyes, for here is the entire list:
APA, ARG, BAJ, CUC, CUK, DUM, DYR, ETA, ETT, FAN, FEG, FEL, FEM, FES, FET, FNL, FUC, FUL, GAM, GAS, GAY, GET, GEY, GLO, GOM, GUB, GUC, GUD, GUK, HAL, HAN, HAO, HAR, HAS, HAT, HER, HES, HET, HJO, HKH, HMO, HOM, HON, HOR, HOT, HRA, HUD, HUK, HUS, HUT, JUG, JUK, JUO, JUR, KDS, KUC, KUF, KUG, KUK, KYK, LAM, LAT, LEM, LOJ, LSD, LUS, LUZ, MAD, MAO, MAS, MEN, MES, MLB, KUF, MUS, MUT, NAZ, NEJ, NJA, NOS, NRP, NUP, NYP, NYS, OND, OOO, ORA, ORM, OST, OXE, PAJ, PAP, PES, PKK, PLO, PNS, PRO, PUB, PUC, PUK, PYS, RAS, REA, ROM, RPS, RUG, RUK, RUS, SAB, SAC, SAF, SAP, SAT, SEG, SEK, SEX, SJU, SOP, SOS, SPY, SSU, SUG, SUP, SUR, SWE, SYF, TAJ, TBC, TOA, TOK, TYP, TOT, TRE, UCK, USH, UFF, UPA, USA, UFO, WAM, WAR, WTC, WWW, XTC, XTZ, XXL, XXX, XUK
Some of these are rude words in Swedish (KUK, MUS), others are abbreviations for names of troubling organisations (ETA, USA), others are just regular words in Swedish (GET, SPY, HUD) while yet others are just, well, slightly confusing (HAO, SYF).
Apparently one reason for forbidding these words is that they might become too popular, and since only 3 digits are used on Swedish license plates (000-999) they might soon run out of MAOs (popular with the Swedish Left Party), ONDs (meaning evil, popular with the idiots), SWEs (popular with nationalists) or APAs (popular with monkeys).
But I couldn’t help noticing that they allow KKK, FUK, TIT and ASS. Obviously they are not considering the people in Sweden who speak English and who might be insulted and suffer psychological damage by seeing rude words. Another example of Sweden taking a dump on the immigrants (like me) and not considering our feelings.
So the question is, who should I sue for my trauma and mental suffering?