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Every British swear word has been officially ranked in order of offensiveness



Every British swear word has been officially ranked in order of offensiveness

And this is what Ofcom found.

For general swear words, the following words were seen as...

MILD
________

•Arse
•Bloody
•Bugger
•Cow
•Crap
•Damn
•Ginger
•Git
•God
•Goddam
•Jesus Christ
•Minger
•Sod-off

MEDIUM 
________

•Arsehole
•Balls
•Bint
•Bitch
•Bollocks
•Bullshit
•Feck
•Munter
•Pissed/pissed off
•Shit
•Son of a bitch
•Tits 

STRONG 
_______

•Bastard
•Beaver
•Beef curtains
•Bellend
•Bloodclaat
•Clunge
•Cock
•Dick
•Dickhead
•Fanny
•Flaps
•Gash
•Knob
•Minge
•Prick
•Punani
•Pussy
•Snatch
•Twat 

STRONGEST 
________

•Cunt
•Fuck
•Motherfucker

Words rated as mild were thought to be okay to use around children, whereas medium words were seen by most to be potentially unacceptable before the 9 pm watershed. The vast majority thought the strong words should definitely be saved for after 9 pm.

For sexual insults, most words were rated as strong.

The only words rated mild or medium were:

•Bonk

•Shag

•Slapper

•Tart



Words rated strong were:

•Bukkake

•Cocksucker

•Dildo

•Jizz

•Ho

•Nonce

•Prickteaser

•Rapey

•Skank

•Slag

•Slut

•Wanker

•Whore 

Ofcom, which says this has been its most in-depth research yet, found that TV viewers are becoming less tolerant of racist and discriminatory language.

Most words relating to gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity, were seen as strong, whereas most relating to disability were seen as mild or medium.

The findings are from new research on people's attitudes towards potentially offensive language and gestures in broadcasting, the biggest study of its kind carried out by Ofcom.

The results are vital in supporting our broadcasting standards work to protect viewers and listeners, especially children.

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