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How sweary is your trading floor? All British swearwords have officially been ranked according to offensiveness

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If you work on a trading floor, some of these might sound familiar - but now research by Ofcom, the communications watchdog, has ranked British swearwords according to their severity. Because it's vital we know...

No prizes for guessing what the worst word in the English language is, although two variations of one word (in the spirit of National Poetry Day, it rhymes with "duck") were also ranked among Ofcom's "strongest words", which are "highly unacceptable pre-watershed".

The list of "strong words" ("generally unacceptable pre-watershed") includes a dizzying array of descriptions for both male and female genitalia, including some particularly creative versions we had never heard of...

Read more: Heck yeah - scientists say swearing is a sign you're smarter

Milder words Medium words Strong words Strongest words
Arse
Bloody
Bugger
Cow
Crap
Damn
Ginger
Git
God
Goddam
Jesus
Christ
Minger
Sod-off

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

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

Cunt
Fuck
Motherfucker

*Least recognised words

The ranking comes from a 122-page study commissioned by Ofcom as a means of finding out how offended people actually are by swearwords.

The survey, of

The watchdog, which surveyed 250 people, found people have become less tolerant of racist or discriminatory words (although "Ginger" is listed among the mild words), but are more likely to tolerate swearing if it reflects the "real world".

Thus, context, such as tone, delivery and time of broadcast have become more important. Something to take into account next time you find yourself venting your spleen at the world in general as sterling slides.

Ofcom said: “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.”

PS. Scientists have found your sweariness indicates your political leanings - so if you've made it to the end of this article without taking offence, it might say something about your views on Jeremy Corbyn...

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