Contains words which some people may find offensive.
Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, has unveiled a study showing that public attitudes towards swearing have become more relaxed in the past six years, with researchers concluding that the public are “more likely to tolerate swearing on TV and radio provided it reflects ‘real world’ situations and is set in the right context”.
The research project, which is carried out every five to six years, helps inform Ofcom’s response to complaints from viewers about bad language in television programmes and on the radio.
The first study of audience attitudes from the broadcasting regulator since 2010, revealed racist or discriminatory words were considered to be harder hitting and carry more emotional impact than ‘general’ swear words.
So Ofcom has ranked every swear word in the English language in order of offensiveness.
After interviewing over 200 people in the UK on how offensive they find swear words Ofcom concluded their list and ranked the swear words as either mild, medium, strong or strongest.
Here’s what Ofcom found, in the ‘general swear words’ category:
Mild Swear Words
Medium Swear Words
Son of a bitch
Strong Swear Words
Strongest Swear Words