From the ones we can (mostly) get away with in front of the in-laws such as Crap and Damn, right through to the slightly riskier, F-bomb and even the controversial C-word... No, not Christmas, the other one! Us Brits have a real passion for our crude, vulgar, suggestive and frankly, down-right offensive swear words. But which of these is our all-time favourite swear word of them all?
Here at Scribbler, we consider ourselves experts when it comes to rude words and gestures, particularly when they feature on somewhat cheeky greetings cards! But just how many Brits share our love of inappropriate insults and potty-mouthed profanities?
To find out, we questioned 2,000 UK adults about their love (or hatred) of taboo terms.
Our survey found that:
- 87% of UK adults swear*. That’s the equivalent of around 59 million people.
- 13% on the other hand do not swear, stating that they don’t have a favourite swear word.
*This is based on the assumption that those who have a favourite swear word use swear words and that those who do not have a favourite swear word do not swear.
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How About Region?
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The Most Googled Swear Word Of 2021
Swear words can be used for all kinds of different reasons when they come up in spoken language. But just how many swear words do we type into Google? And why?
Well, bear with us because this is where things get a little too... real.
Our online search analysis found that:
- T*ts is the most searched-for swear word, being searched approximately 443,000 times a month in the UK. That’s around 10 searches a minute! And it doesn’t look like people are searching for the species of bird either, with the top ranking sites for the term being xhamster, xvideos, xnxx and p*rnhub.
- This is then followed by dildo which receives around 131,000 monthly searches.
- Terms such as cow, ho, snatch and dick are also amongst the most frequently searched, as each of these terms receives more than 77,000 average monthly searches.
The most Googled swear words in the UK in 2021
To conduct these analyses, we used the search analysis tool Keyword Finder, but to be honest - we kind of wish we hadn’t looked so much into it!
So Why Do We Swear So Much As A Nation?
“Swearing is closely associated with both emotion and offensiveness,” says Dr. Karyn Stapleton. “These features make it very powerful, linguistically and psychologically, and mean that it can be used for many different purposes. One of its common uses (and the one that people probably think of most readily) is to express negative feelings such as frustration, anger, aggression, and pain - and swearing has even been shown, in experiments, to act as a form of pain relief or as a way of managing/withstanding pain.
“However, in everyday and conversational use, swearing is used for a much wider range of activities than we might first think. Research in psychology, linguistics and communication has shown that it is commonly used for things such as - group bonding and solidarity, resisting authority, expressing identity, showing trust, emphasising points, enlivening narratives, gaining and maintaining attention, expressing positive emotions such as excitement or joy, attempting to put others at ease, creating humour, and showing appreciation.
“Of course, swearing is always a risky linguistic/social behaviour, as it can easily cause offence if used in the wrong context or relational setting - but it seems that this is actually what gives it its power and versatility. Successfully balancing the risk of offence with other aspects of the context, culture and interaction can produce effects that are not easily achieved by other forms of language. This is a main reason that swearing is used so widely and by so many different speakers.”
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