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Naughty Facebook! Study Reveals Top-Used Curse Words (NSFW)

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ID-10079675A study conducted by Slate found the most common profanity used on Facebook. Thanks to the keyword insights application programming interface, a benefit of using Facebook’s open API, their results were repurposed on Facebook-centric blog, AllFacebook. Needless to say, Slate’s findings were not shocking and again, they’re NSFW (not safe for work.)

Here goes:

  • Over a three-day period, shit was the most popular swear word on Facebook, appearing in 10.5 million interactions in the U.S., followed by fuck at 9.5 million, damn at 6.3 million, bitch at 4.5 million, and crap (crap is profanity?) at 2 million.
  • Those five words were also the top five among males and females, albeit in different orders, with shit holding the crown across the board.
  • Words that were more common among male users included fag, pussy, and dick, while cock was more popular among females, and darn (people really say darn?) came in at No. 8 for females and No. 13 for males, marking the biggest gender gap.
  • When examined by age group, the use of fuck, bitch, dick, and fag drops steeply as ages increase, and they are replaced by the much less toxic damn, crap, and darn.
  • The West is the only U.S. region where fuck tops shit, and damn and fag also ranked higher in that region.
  • The top eight swear words for the South and Midwest were identical.
  • Dick and pussy ranked highest in the Northeast.
  • When bringing other countries into the equation, bloody claimed the No. 3 spot in the U.K. and ranked fourth in Australia. Bugger and bollocks also appeared on the U.K. chart, and arsehole replaced asshole.
  • Cunt is No. 17 in the U.S., but it is used much more casually in Australia (No. 5) and the U.K. (No. 8).

So the ‘f’ word got beat out by the ‘s’ word, huh? Are we forgetting the vast utility of the most classic four-letter word? Maybe this infamous George Carlin bit can refresh all you Facebook-using potty-mouths:

Anyway, what’s of interest to me is that usage of the harshest words (f*ck, b*tch, d*ck and f*g) seem to diminish over time as Facebook users grow up. That’s refreshing. Also, it’s fun to see that location-based terminology through social media seemingly reflects that of face-to-face interaction. We say ‘assh*le,’ Brits say ‘arseh*le’ — at the same rate of popularity and frequency.

But above all, maybe more Facebook users should wash their proverbial mouths out with soap. Cuss words are great but let’s not forget the power behind them, for good and for bad. And like most harmful things in life, moderation is key. So remember: the more you use the same words and phrases, the lesser their meanings become. How valuable are your words to you?

 

<Source: All Facebook via Slate>

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