Reactions to Offensive Language

Richard Masefield | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Richard Masefield

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Untrue apparently. Because the capacity of individuals to be hurt or offended by ...

The One with the Great British Bake Off

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgy Jamieson

How in the name of iced fingers do they not eff and jeff like a docker? I would be effing and blinding with the best of them when it all went Pete Tong or I burnt myself on a Swiss roll tin or someone left my ice cream out of the freezer!

Potty-Mouthed Talking Barbie Has Some Choice Words For You

SWNS | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK

She’s blonde, plastic, pretty and she’s got the mouth of a sailor. This talking Barbie doll certainly pulled no punches when she apparently ask...

The Reality of Swearing on Social Media

Gregor Smith | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

Recently, I found myself involved as a "Twitter expert" in a "radio debate" about swearing on social media. It went so well that they missed out publishing that week's show podcast and I said "sir" live on air, which while it isn't a swear word, is a feature of my speech that really annoys me that I'm trying to eliminate.

R.I.P Front Magazine

Tom Ward | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Ward

I first read Front Magazine in 2007. I was on a train coming back from Paris after a holiday with my girlfriend's family. I spent the entire journey covering my mouth in case my girlfriend's mum heard me laughing and asked what I was reading.

A nation of *!&^%£!!*(&^!!

Amanda Prowse | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

Maybe it's with rose tinted glasses that I remember my youth, but swearing was a big deal! My world is different. Daily, I am faced with naked aggression and swearing of pulse raising proportions.

What the F**k Is Wrong With Swearing?

Adam Croft | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Croft

I'll level with you: I'm on the fence somewhat. I'm very much of a mind that gratuitous swearing is best avoided. That's why it's gratuitous. Whilst I'm being honest, I may as well throw in that I spend a lot of time in pubs. Gratuitous swearing is rife in many pubs, which I'm sure will not be particularly shocking news to you.

Classy Women Don't Swear, Beyonce

Tanesha Westcarr | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tanesha Westcarr

Class doesn't need to get a megaphone walking the streets screaming "hey look everyone, I'm classy." No. Class speaks all by itself. That is why I was a bit shocked by Beyonce's new song Bow Down.

Iannucci's Renaissance of Ribaldry

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 21.11.2012 | UK Comedy
Iddo Goldfarb

Anyway, the point is that those idiots who persist with the benighted philosophy that swearing is neither big nor clever should be pointed gently towards The Thick of It where they'll have their eyes opened to a veritable renaissance of ribaldry.

WATCH: Ridiculous Edited-For-TV Movie Swearing

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK Comedy

Warning: This video, by its very nature, contains some very bad language. (Yes, even that word.) But in its defence, it is very funny. YouTube user...

When Is 'F*** Off' Appropriate For An 11 Year Old?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A Yorkshire school has come under fire for holding lesson in which 11-year-old children were asked to grade swear words, including 'fuck' and 'shit'. ...

What The B***** Hell Is Going On Here?

PA | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK

One of the world's oldest football leagues is to introduce "secret shoppers" to spy on officials and players who swear during games, its chairman said...

How The Middle Finger Become Fashionable

Bwoywonder | Posted 23.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Now for as long as I can remember sticking your middle finger up to anyone was a straight up insult and went hand in hand with strong verbal abuse. This gesture got shortened to just the hand action without the need for words, nowadays however the middle finger often comes with a smile! Or a sticking out of the tongue, or a wink!

Should it Be Illegal to Swear at a Police Officer?

Chris Baugh | Posted 04.06.2012 | UK Politics
Chris Baugh

The relationship between young people and the police in London has once again been in the spotlight this weekend.


Billy Reeves | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Billy Reeves

I am especially aware of rude words being shocking/inappropriate as I work for BBC local radio, where even "bloody" is verboten on air. The BBC has a sweary chart which it published internally every two years (with 'MF' & the 'c' word usually being top dogs.

WATCH: Every Middle Finger From The Movies

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 31.01.2012 | UK Comedy

You want swearing from the movies? You got swearing from the movies. Boasting all the best bird-flips - as those American fellows call it - from throu...

WATCH: Angry Reporter Swears To Camera

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK Comedy

This is a video of a reporter swearing. As such, it features swear words - and so readers of a delicate disposition may want to click away... now. ...

WATCH: New Countdown Host Nick Hewer Enjoys His First Rude Word Blooper

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 19.01.2012 | UK Comedy

Lord Sugar's one-time business adviser Nick Hewer has been hosting Channel 4's beloved anagram and arithmatic gameshow Countdown since 9 January. A...

WATCH: BBC Weather Presenter Falls For Twitter Prank

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Comedy

Oh, Alan from North Yorkshire, you are a naughty BBC Breakfast viewer. After all, who else would sneak in an obscure sexual reference into a weather r...

LISTEN: BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Chapman Fooled By Twitter Prank

Huffington Post | Alastair Plumb | Posted 21.12.2011 | UK Comedy

Christmas has come early for on-air blunder fans, with Radio 5 Live's Mark Chapman falling for an absolute cracker of a prank last Saturday during his...

WATCH: Referee's Microphone Picks Up American Football Player Swearing

Huffington Post | Alastair Plumb | Posted 20.12.2011 | UK Comedy

For most Brits, watching American football is about as complicated as solving four Rubik's cubes whilst riding a unicycle... on fire. But one thin...

No Offence - I Swear!

Ian Watson | Posted 06.02.2012 | UK Comedy
Ian Watson

There's been a lot of talk lately, mainly by comics, about the right to be offended. Think about that, it's important: The right to be offended.

I Swear It Helps: Expletives 'Help Pain Relief'

PA | Posted 01.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Swearing can provide effective relief from pain - but not if people swear many times a day, according to research. Experts found swearing helped pe...

Swearing and the Police - Adding Insult to Injury

Paul McKeever | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK Politics
Paul McKeever

The old adage exists for a reason - the public are the police and the police are the public - and that simply will not work if respect is lost for the uniform and the people wearing it. Equally tied into this is the necessity to give warranted officers the backing, be it political or legal, to use their discretion and get on with their job.

Harry Potter and the Expletive Of Doom

Vincent Fletcher | Posted 26.09.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Vincent Fletcher

Like most adults I pepper my language with colourful Anglo-Saxon phrases in the company of friends, but for 5 years I had kept my potty mouth shut within earshot of the kids and neither of them had uttered a salty word.