83. How to Swear in British English – VERY RUDE CONTENT

Warning: Explicit Content. Do not listen to this if you are easily offended. This episode contains lots of very rude words and offensive content. You can read all the swear words, and watch some videos below.

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This is an overview of all the swear words in British English. The aim of this episode is to explain how to swear. Please remember that swearing is very offensive and is almost always inapporopriate. Please do not swear regularly! It doesn’t sound good.

In this episode I am joined by my brother James and we explain all the main swear words in English, their meaning, their use and how offensive they are. You can read the list of swear words below. Please remember that they are very rude indeed!

I do not intend to cause offence with this episode, just to educate people about language.

Here is a list of all the swear words. The * represents how rude or offensive the word is in my opinion.

*damn it
*damn it to hell
*damn you
*bloody hell
**bugger / bugger it / it’s buggered / you daft bugger
***piss / piss off / what a pisser / it’s pissing it down / I’m pissed off
***sod / sod it / you sod
***arse / you arsehole
***prick / you prick / you dick / you dickhead / you cock
***crap / that’s crap / that’s a load of crap / don’t talk crap
*****bollocks / that’s a load of bollocks / never mind the bollocks / that’s the (dog’s) bollocks
*****you bellend
*****wank / you wanker
***you tosser
******shit / to do, take, have a shit / that’s shit / that’s the shit / to have the shits / are you shitting me? / I shit you not / he’s a shit / this is good shit / shit head / shit face / shitty / bullshit / I’m shitting myself / I was shitting it / I don’t give a shit / shit – shat – shat / I was shit scared / I don’t give a shit / when the shit hits the fan / to be shitfaced
*******fuck / to fuck something / fuck off / fuck you / shut the fuck up / fucking hell / I’m fucked / that’s fucked up / what are you fucking doing in my bed? / what are you doing fucking in my bed? / what the fuck? / no fucking way! / what the fuck are you doing? / who the fuck is he? / un-fucking-believable / abso-fucking-lutely / you fuck / you fucker / for fuck’s sake / I don’t give a fuck
*********cunt / he’s such a cunt / I felt like an absolute cunt / you stupid cunt / you fucking cunt

All those words are offensive, but the following are the very taboo words which genuinely cause a lot of offence. They’re mainly used as racist abuse: nigger (often heard in hop-hop records as black American people sometimes use this word to refer to themselves) and paki – which was used as a term of racist abuse against people of asian origin living in the UK in the 70s and 80s. It’s associated with hate crimes and racism, so of course I think it’s a very offensive word.

So that’s it. It seems that swear words used to be religious in nature “damn”etc, then they became about sex or the body, “fuck” “shit” etc, but are they really that offensive? Not in comparison with words used in racial abuse. Perhaps it is the reasons for which words are used which are offensive, and not the words themselves. What is in a word? Offensive words can be powerful so think twice before using them.

Here are some videos that feature lots examples of swearing.

George Carlin’s Classic Bit about Rude Language

11 thoughts on “83. How to Swear in British English – VERY RUDE CONTENT

  1. Anonymous

    I had a really good time listening to your podcast on how to swear properly in British English and I believe so did you recording it.
    Thank you.

    From Spain, Julián.

  2. Luke Thompson

    (about 1 year ago)
    Ruddy Brilliant. There’s a bloody YouTube user I’d like to say “Sod off you daft bugger!” to. Except for your comment about Conservatives, your podcast was ruddy brilliant. I’m American btw.

    (over 1 year ago)
    Very useful ;). Congratulations for this podcast!

    (over 1 year ago)
    Very useful podcast like all of yours Luke , :)

    (over 1 year ago)
    Hi¡ luke i like a lot your way to teach and i think is very funny also you aboard some kinds of topics that i never find in others websites ,like this, i would like have comunicate whith you greetings from Mexico.

    (almost 2 years ago)
    Loool I’ve never seen something like this in my entire life! hahaha that’s really awesome! Congratulations Luke. I’m from Brazil btw.

    Barbara Bronikowska (almost 2 years ago)
    I went through the listening twice and I`ve found it fantastic. You`re right, it`s the only place in the net where you can find such an ‘antology’ of swearing.

    Barbara Bronikowska (almost 2 years ago)
    Hi Luke, where were you when I looked badly for things like your podcasts? Thanks god, I`ve come across you, though. Thx a lot for helping my lifelong teaching episode. greets.

    (almost 2 years ago)
    luke i am really great what you doing the world,

    (almost 2 years ago)

    (almost 2 years ago)
    Ooh maan this shit is good!! I love this fuckin’ lesson! : )

    Mohd Imran bin Ismail (about 2 years ago)
    I like this lesson very much.Continue producing much more fantastic stories.

    (about 2 years ago)
    I like the way other people swear although I’ve never done it myself ,neither in my native language nor in English – it would sound so out of place in my case!It’s a kind of paradox,like,being a heavy smoker I nevertheless can’t stand other people smoking in my presence.Wierd,isnt it?

    (about 2 years ago)
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    (about 2 years ago)
    A very useful lesson :-)

    Keep up the good work!

    (about 2 years ago)
    I found this site from following one of the Macmillan nomination links. You’ve already given me a great idea for something I can do in my next class with junior students (from your interviews in London). So thanks a lot to you, Macmillan and the site that I came from originally. Sorry, but I voted for the other site! Try not to worry about people who say you’re cheating or whatnot – they’ve entirely forgotten the point.
    Thanks again.

    Josimar Mariano dos Santos (about 2 years ago)
    So good to talk about an informal way…
    Thanks Luke… As always, you’re ver criative!!!

    Cristina (about 2 years ago)
    A new challenge from time to time keeps this podcast interesting. Well done!

    (about 2 years ago)
    Absolutely fantastic! It’s a delicate topic and you dare to do it for us! Thank you Luke and James. I can’t imagine a better way to teach these words as you did! Nobody is forced to use them but at least we finally can understand them. I enjoyed the episode, was all ear and exhausted at the end… You rock ! ! !

    (about 2 years ago)
    Do you think? C’est la vie,there is a thin line between love and hate as you know.
    Have a good day.

    (about 2 years ago)
    Wow Nausikaa, those Placebo lyrics are pretty harsh!

    (about 2 years ago)
    Luke, you the fucking best!!
    Have a look

    Sawsan (about 2 years ago)
    THANK YOU :) ..though it’s rude, but very useful …thanks from Syria :)

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  5. Marita

    Another interesting video on the subject of swear words in English is this fragment from an interview with Steven Pinker, author of the book ‘The seven words you can’t say on television: