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Warning: This post was published more than 10 years ago.

I keep old posts on the site because sometimes it's interesting to read old content. Not everything that is old is bad. Also, I think people might be interested to track how my views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured!

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Just before the content is read, I would like to warn any sensitive podcast listeners that this post contains strong language. Please stop listening now if you think you might be offended. Here is the post.

Badscience is in possession of the BBC’s ranking of which swearwords are most offensive, and which least offensive, out of the 28 words it defines as swearwords. It also has a comparative ranking from 1998. The only change to the top five is that ‘nigger’ is now much more offensive.

Anyhow, it’s a very entertaining and somewhat enlightening list to read. So here it is:

List of swear words

I do hope that made you smile!

For the benefit of podcast users, who plainly can’t see the graphic, here is the list in reverse order. The five most inoffensive swearwords are god, bloody, crap, jesus christ, and sodding. Then it’s jew, balls, bugger, arse, and pissed off. Next, it’s dickhead, shit, slag, spastic, and interestingly, much more offensive than it’s past-tense cousin, piss off. Without the E D. The next three are twat, whore, and shag. Then we’re into the Top Ten. At number ten, it’s paki. Number nine is arsehole, and number eight is bollocks. Prick takes the number seven slot, closely beaten by bastard at six. As we’ve already said, nigger is at five, and wanker is at four. The top three then. Number three is fuck, and number two is motherfucker. And the number one, most offensive swear word, both now and in 1998, is. Wait for it. Cunt. Cunt cunt cunt cunt cunt. Cunt. Cunt cunt. Cunt. C U N T. Cunt.

So there you have it. The top 28 countdown – an S J Howard podcast exclusive, not even available on the website. But available on the RSS feed. So not completely exclusive.

And come on, you have to admit it, you love the fact that this computery voice has been saying naughty words. It’s everybody’s dream come true. And I just know you’ll be playing this one again.

But that’s all for now. Good bite.

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