Anyway, Carlin’s seven words are: shit, piss, fuck, cunt (sorry, Mom), cocksucker, motherfucker and tits.
These words were considered extremely offensive at the time, and in the U.S. they couldn’t be used on television or radio. They continue to be largely taboo on broadcast television, although I’ve heard shit, piss and tits uttered more than a few times in recent years. Just saying. And I am aware that HBO doesn’t count. Carlin’s list is great, but for this blog post I’m going to modify it a little to include the words used most often today that are still considered offensive. Also, motherfucker, awesome as it is, is a derivative of fuck, and so it cannot be counted as a separate word for the purposes of what I’m doing here. My blog post, my rules, motherfucker. Deal with it.
So, which do I count as the deadliest swear words? Well we have a “Big Six” when it comes to swear words in today’s English language: Ass, bitch, cunt, fuck, dick and shit. It’s been decided (mostly by me) that tits, damn and piss are not swear words. They’re rarely offensive and are used to pepper your vocabulary with a mild dash of flavor when you know you can’t use real swear words.
Now, as I said before, the way you speak and the words you use say a lot about you. Most of our vocabulary is influenced by things we can’t control, like age, region and upbringing. Swear words, though, are usually conscious word choices. They’re taboo, so when we use swear words in social media or our writing, most of us pause to consider them first. Yes, even me. This is why swear words can be used to determine someone’s personality. Not scientifically. That would be silly. This is purely based on my opinions, which in my opinion, are usually pretty accurate.
Anyway, let’s look at the Big Six and see what your favorites say about you. Remember, we’re talking about the swear words you say most often, not the ones you think. If the word doesn’t cross your lips, it doesn’t count.