I swear

Probably, so do you. And if you’re in the United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Government has actually quantified your swearing:

Every swear word in the English language has been ranked in order of offensiveness.

The UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom, interviewed more than 200 people across the UK on how offensive they find a vast array of rude and offensive words and insults.

People were asked their opinion on 150 words in total. These included general swear words, words linked to race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, body parts and health conditions, religious insults and sexual references, as well as certain hand gestures.

They were asked to rate words as mild, medium, strong or strongest.

Bloody crap. Sod off. (Mild, mild, and mild.)

(With thanks to Lynn S., who doesn’t talk like this. Much.)



  1. McG »

    10 October 2016 · 1:40 pm

    “This swear word was coined in New York City!”

  2. Jean »

    10 October 2016 · 2:00 pm

    200 seems like an extremely small sample size.

  3. fillyjonk »

    10 October 2016 · 2:08 pm

    “Bloody” is mild? Huh. I was told by a former UK resident that it was considered quite strong over there. (Then again, she was an older generation – worked as a Land Girl, in fact)

    So I guess it’s not SO terrible when I grumble “bloody hell” about something.

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