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Offensive

From the badscience blog a vital piece of research: the official BBC list of rude swearwords, in reverse order of acceptability.

Bold = I sometimes say, italic = I have said, plain = would never say (as a swear word)

Cunt
Motherfucker
Fuck
Wanker
(I don't think of this as particularly offensive)
Nigger
Bastard
Prick
Bollocks
Arsehole
Paki
Shag (would probably use mainly when imitating another person's speech)
Whore
Twat (trying not to use)
Piss Off
Spastic
Slag (would only use in imitation 'You slaag')
Shit
Dickhead
Pissed off
Arse
Bugger

Balls
Jew (Haven't heard used as an insult since the 1970s. However, I usually say 'a jewish person' when I'm talking about religion. This may show that insulting use hasn't completely vanished?)
Sodding
Jesus Christ
Crap

Bloody
God


On Language log there is a discussion of the use of 'spastic' or 'spazz' as an insult. In the UK it is completely unacceptable. There was outrage when Tiger Woods used it to describe a poor golf performance ('As soon as I got on the green I was a spaz'). Language Log explains that in the US the word has become so dissociated from disabled people that it isn't seen as offensive. I can only conclude that true, because Tiger Woods seems to be a controlled and media-savvy person. He did apologise for his words. No British sportsman would use that term in public.
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