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Old 23rd November 2020, 07:28 AM   #1
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Every British swearword, categorised by offensiveness

Research carried out by Ofcom. NSFW, obviously: https://www.indy100.com/news/british...-ofcom-7340446
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Old 23rd November 2020, 07:37 AM   #2
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Interesting. I knew there would be a lot of words that either don't exist in American dialect, or aren't considered swears here. I was surprised on two of them that are in common but appear on the list as considered "Strong" whereas in the US they'd be quite weak.
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Old 23rd November 2020, 07:49 AM   #3
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I was surprised that there was at least one in there I've never even heard of, and I have no idea what a couple of others mean.

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I'm surprised that some of them are even considered swearing.
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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:33 AM   #5
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They left off "stiff upper lip". We all know that is a euphemism.
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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:50 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
Interesting. I knew there would be a lot of words that either don't exist in American dialect, or aren't considered swears here. I was surprised on two of them that are in common but appear on the list as considered "Strong" whereas in the US they'd be quite weak.
Flaps?
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I can agree with "****" being on there, but not "****". "****" could go either way, but "****" shouldn't be said in any language. Same with "****", "****", and "****".
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Old 23rd November 2020, 09:11 AM   #8
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Flaps?

The usage I'm most familiar with is when it's prefaced with another term for 'urine'.
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The usage I'm most familiar with is when it's prefaced with another term for 'urine'.
I think they may have been a late 70's punk band. I'd google it, but I'm not that stupid.

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Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
Research carried out by Ofcom. NSFW, obviously: https://www.indy100.com/news/british...-ofcom-7340446
The tossers have missed at least one.
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Old 23rd November 2020, 09:25 AM   #11
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I think they may have been a late 70's punk band. I'd google it, but I'm not that stupid.

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I had a look via Google
and can't find reference to a punk band with the name of 'P*** flaps', however, one result reminded me of the less than charming John Wayne reference to the term.

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“Ginger”?
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Isn't this a few years old, BBC guidance references it

https://www.bbc.co.uk/editorialguide...acist-language
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A word only has power to offend if you let it have that power.
Why people give a word power to alter their mood, behaviour, or self-esteem is beyond me.
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A word only has power to offend if you let it have that power.
Why people give a word power to alter their mood, behaviour, or self-esteem is beyond me.
Sure thing, fatty!
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Old 23rd November 2020, 11:36 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by lionking View Post
“Ginger”?
I think they mean "Ginga'"

I can think of at least another 5 or 6 they have missed.
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Sure thing, fatty!
I find it to be an important distinction between being insulted descriptively, and generally.

A general insult has little objective meaning- and is easy to disregard, whereas one that attempts to point out a quality that I may possess that the person doing the insulting believes I should be ashamed of is more likely to offend.

For example, calling me a "fat bastard" is more likely to hurt my feelings WRT to the "fat" part- not the "bastard" part.
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Old 23rd November 2020, 11:37 AM   #18
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I think they mean "Ginga'"

I can't think of at least another 5 or 6 they have missed.
I suppose I could just Google. But, in the interest of conversation, what is "Ginga"?
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Feck?! Feck?! As in feckless?
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What a load of smeg.
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Old 23rd November 2020, 12:06 PM   #21
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A word only has power to offend if you let it have that power.
Why people give a word power to alter their mood, behaviour, or self-esteem is beyond me.
A man after my own heart.

People look shocked when my kids utter a loud Jesus Christ! or the medium-strength slang for faeces.

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Feck?! Feck?! As in feckless?
Nope, alternative to the one with a U in place of the E. Blame Father Ted for that one.
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Old 23rd November 2020, 12:10 PM   #22
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What a load of smeg.
Smeg is good, but smegma ought to be the worst swear word in existence.

A lot of women hate the word moist, which is why I try to use it as often as possible, along with niggardly, in context, of course.

Which begs the question why the n-word isn't there. If it's not a swear word, what constitutes a swear word? It's supposedly the most-offensive word on the planet, so it looks like a swear word to me. They were all just words once upon a time.
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I suppose I could just Google. But, in the interest of conversation, what is "Ginga"?
It is a derogative term for people with red/ginger hair.

Bit like carrot top and fire crotch.
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Smeg is good, but smegma ought to be the worst swear word in existence.

A lot of women hate the word moist, which is why I try to use it as often as possible, along with niggardly, in context, of course.

Which begs the question why the n-word isn't there. If it's not a swear word, what constitutes a swear word? It's supposedly the most-offensive word on the planet, so it looks like a swear word to me. They were all just words once upon a time.
Kind of isn't a swear though.

Just a racist term.

Maybe that is what they were thinking any way.
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Isn't this a few years old, BBC guidance references it

https://www.bbc.co.uk/editorialguide...acist-language
Story is dated June 2017, Ofcom Report is dated September 2016.
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I find it to be an important distinction between being insulted descriptively, and generally.

A general insult has little objective meaning- and is easy to disregard, whereas one that attempts to point out a quality that I may possess that the person doing the insulting believes I should be ashamed of is more likely to offend.

For example, calling me a "fat bastard" is more likely to hurt my feelings WRT to the "fat" part- not the "bastard" part.
But you're not objecting to the words, but the insult itself-- i.e., that they're pointing out your weight in a mean way. If I say "my goodness, thou art more enormous than an barn!" that's an insult, to be sure, but the insult is conveyed by my meaning, not the individual words employed.
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But you're not objecting to the words, but the insult itself-- i.e., that they're pointing out your weight in a mean way. If I say "my goodness, thou art more enormous than an barn!" that's an insult, to be sure, but the insult is conveyed by my meaning, not the individual words employed.

The use of "an" before a consonant makes it extra insulting!
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The use of "an" before a consonant makes it extra insulting!
There's an implied "ass" before almost everything I say. And an unspoken "buttwhistle" after almost everything I say. These are inherent properties of my dialect of English, and utterly impossible to change now.
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I would have thought that MF was an American rather than a British swear.

Also "goddam", I don't recall having heard British people saying that.
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I am also surprised to see the rather mild "bastard" rated as strong. In Britain and in Australia it is almost a term of endearment.

(Or in some cases an actual term of endearment)
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Feck?! Feck?! As in feckless?
no a mis-spelling of ****
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Definitive collection of sweary words

Roger's Profanisaurus.

You can buy it from Amazon but here is the online version

http://viz.co.uk/category/rogers-profanisaurus/
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I am thinking that maybe the decision to conduct this survey among the members of the Surrey Churchwomen's Guild was not such a good idea.
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I am thinking that maybe the decision to conduct this survey among the members of the Surrey Churchwomen's Guild was not such a good idea.
Reminds me of little kids. "I"m going to say a bad word!" "Okay, then, let's hear it." "POOP!" *giggle*
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no a mis-spelling of ****
Feck (feic) is a legitimate word in Irish Gaelic, expressing annoyance or surprise . The Father Ted TV series got away with it for that reason, as I recall.
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This reminds me of a Not the Nine-O'Clock News sketch of many year ago.
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This reminds me of a Not the Nine-O'Clock News sketch of many year ago.
this one spoofing the 'Two Ronnies' innuendo?

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I suppose I could just Google. But, in the interest of conversation, what is "Ginga"?
Like a Ranga but spelled incorrectly.
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Flaps?
Yes and I'm a bit confused about beef curtains.I have some ideas but I'd just be guessing.
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