THE F word has overtaken the word “bloody” to become the nation’s most popular curse, it has been revealed.
Results from a study conducted by Dr Robbie Love at Aston University, found that the swear word remained the most used, as bloody dropped to third and s**T rose to the second.
F*** has become the most popular swear word in the UKCredit: Getty
This news came despite findings that the nation are using less foul language after a 27% fall in cursing over 20 years.
In his academic’s paper, Dr Love revealed how his study looked at conversations from 1994 and 2014, and analysed how often 16 swearwords appeared.
Sifting through an enormous 15 million words, he found that ‘bloody’ witnessed an 80% reduction in the 20 years up to 2014 while the F-word’s usage decreased as well despite being the most used.
In comparison, the popularity of s*** almost doubled due to the inclusion of new words that morphed from the original such as ‘s***hole’.
The study also found that men curse more often and while its usage peaks in people in the 20s it then falls after that.
Love, an English language lecturer, suggests the fall in swearing overall may be due to changes in what people consider to be swearwords and whether they are considered taboo.
Love said: “‘F***’ has seen a substantial rise in usage over the last half a century.
“I think it is currently the swearword of choice as it is highly versatile – it can be slotted into speech in many different syntactic positions – and it is also semantically vague (in addition to its traditional usage to refer to sex), so it can be applied in many contexts.”
Love believes that the increase use of strong words such as f*** may in fact force them to become more widely accepted language.
It was followed by s**t in second and ‘bloody’ in thirdCredit: Getty
“Despite the slight decline, swearing is still a major component of everyday conversation.
“And the dominance of traditionally ‘strong’ swearwords like ‘f***’ might cause us to reconsider just how strong it is and whether there should be less censorship of such words in contexts where swearing is highly policed.”
The findings come just five years after a similar study revealed that the majority of British children had already said their first swear word by age four – with parents mostly to blame.
At the time parents were asked to provide which swear word their child said first and these were the top 5 most common swear words:
F*** – 32%
2. D*mn – 28%
3. S*** – 14%
4. C**p – 11%
5. T*** – 9%
George Charles, spokesperson for www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk said the following concerning the research:
“Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world, and it is understandable that every now again parents will slip up and swear in front of their children.
“We know how impressionable and easily influenced children can be, repeating words they know they shouldn’t to get a reaction from their parents.
“It is a bit worrying how young children seem to be swearing these days, especially as they don’t always realise that the words are naughty and can cause offence!”