About me
Bookshop

Get new posts by email.

About me

You’re offended? Oh, bollocks!

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.

This post was filed under: News and Comment.

Recently published posts

Weeknotes 2022.31 / 07 August 2022

On book reviews / 05 August 2022

What I’ve been reading this month / 31 July 2022

Weeknotes 2022.30 / 31 July 2022

Weeknotes 2022.29 / 24 July 2022

Weeknotes 2022.28 / 17 July 2022




Random posts from the archive





The content of this site is copyright protected by a Creative Commons License, with some rights reserved. All trademarks, images and logos remain the property of their respective owners. The accuracy of information on this site is in no way guaranteed. Opinions expressed are solely those of the author. No responsibility can be accepted for any loss or damage caused by reliance on the information provided by this site. Information about cookies and the handling of emails submitted for the 'new posts by email' service can be found in the privacy policy. This site uses affiliate links: if you buy something via a link on this site, I might get a small percentage in commission. Here's hoping.