Acceptability of Swear Words

March 28th, 2010 at 11:33 am by David Farrar

The BSA has done a survey of what words New Zealanders find unacceptable to use on air.

In order of unacceptability, they are:

  1. Cunt 74%
  2. Nigger 66%
  3. Mother Fucker 66%
  4. Jesus Fucking Christ 65%
  5. Cocksucker 60%
  6. Get fucked 55%
  7. Fuck off 52%
  8. Fuck 51%
  9. Faggot 46%
  10. Cock 46%
  11. Retard 44%
  12. Slut 43%
  13. Whore 40%
  14. Wanker 37%
  15. Arsehole 35%
  16. Jesus Christ 31%
  17. Dick 30%
  18. Prick 27%
  19. Jesus 27%
  20. Piss 26%
  21. Bitch 26%
  22. God 24%
  23. Piss off 24%
  24. Bastard 23%
  25. Shit 22%
  26. Balls 21%
  27. Bullshit 17%
  28. Crap 14%
  29. Bollocks 12%
  30. Bloody 12%
  31. Bugger 11%

This got me wondering where personally I would draw the line. But thinking about it, I wouldn’t have a line.

In the right context, in a program like Californication, on late at night, I’d say all 31 of those words can be acceptable.

But most of the top 21 words I would deem unacceptable on Morning Report on National Radio.

What is also interesting is what words are more acceptable in 2009 than in 1999. The major changes are:

  1. Fuck +19%
  2. Prick +16%
  3. Bitch +16%
  4. Whore +15%
  5. Arsehole +14%
  6. Bastard +13%
  7. Mother Fucker +12%
  8. Cock +12%
  9. Balls +12%
  10. Piss +12%
  11. Wanker +11%
  12. Bullshit +11%

The context of words is also, for me, important. Saying you had a cunt of a day, is different to calling someone a cunt. The fuck word hardly even registers with me, but “fuck you” is usually very offensive.

As a pollster, I note the 2009 poll was done online, and previous ones were done face to face. You have to feel sorry for the polling staff who had to knock on doors and read out a list of swear words and ask people their responses to them :-)

Incidentally I guess this post will get the blog blocked by many Government Departments for a week or so, as they use swear word filters.

UPDATE: The full results are interesting. It turns out they tested the 31 swear words in 10 different scenarios, being:

  1. People being interviewed or asked to give opinions in news, documentaries and current events programmes on TV or radio
  2. In a television drama screened after 8.30pm (e.g. Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds)
  3. In a television drama or comedy screened between 7pm and 8.30pm (e.g. Shortland Street, Coronation Street, Two and a Half Men)
  4. Comedians in stand-up comedy programmes played on radio or shown on TV after 8.30pm
  5. In a reality television programme where a lot of the content is spontaneous and does not follow a script (e.g. Hell’s Kitchen, Border Patrol, The Apprentice)
  6. In a music video played on television
  7. When used by a caller to a talkback radio station
  8. When used by a radio host on a talkback radio station
  9. When used by a radio host in a breakfast programme
  10. When used in a song played on radio.

Only five words were deemed by a majority to be unacceptable in all 10 scenarios – cunt, nigger, mother fucker, jesus fucking christ and cocksucker.

Only 7% of respondents said “cunt” was acceptable in all 10 scenarios. Even I don’t go that far. I would say “cunt” is acceptable in scenarios 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 10 but not 3, 7, 8 and 9.

Four words are deemed to be acceptable by a majority on all 10 scenarios – bugger, bloody, bollocks and crap.

I found amusing on page 31, the list of other words that respondents offered up as unacceptable. They included:

Fuckety fucking fucker

Heh I like that phrase.

Ask Hone Harawira as he seems to have a dictionary of inappropriate words

Heh. Someone also listed John Key as a swear-word.

baldhead (the derogitory term for a white New Zealander)

Is it? Never heard of that one.

Ginga

Ha. Someone is think skinned.

“Brian Tamaki” Anything Paul Henry Says

Heh.

Honky, Hairyback, Redneck, Grognard, Nerd, Buttmunch, toerag, Porch monkey, User, American, cheesebucket.

Goodness, that respondents had a long list.

cum oven mcnugget

I can’t work out if the respondents means those words individually are offensive, or as one phrase.

On BattleStar Galatica they use “frackin” or “frack” which means they get to air the programme earlier than 8.30pm. It is obvious that it is just a substitute for the other ‘F’ word and I don’t think it’s acceptable.

Oh what a killjoy, They should frack off.

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60 Responses to “Acceptability of Swear Words”

  1. Michaels (1,233 comments) says:

    So we can expect weekday comments to be down by 95% then :)

    Personally I’ve always been quite partial to the word nigger….
    Maybe it was because when I was a kid we used it as part of our team picking…..
    You know the one…..
    innie meanie miney mo, catch a nigger by the toe…..
    if he squeals let him go, innie meanie miney mo.

    However since marrying a South African chick, “wog” is now the more regular used word.

    Pleased you don’t have the karma buttons anymore :)

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  2. Neil (577 comments) says:

    Maybe one or two people on this blogsite should think before they utter some of those objectionable words.
    People using those “verboten” words are obviously language short and have personality defects.
    Let’s lower the stress climate and try to use more positive words.
    Now I know that will go down well !!!!

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  3. Michaels (1,233 comments) says:

    Neil, used in proper text, many of those words are powerful and can make a REAL point when used.
    And not just fuck this or fuck that….
    The “cunt” word is one that I have never really liked though.
    “Fuck off” is a goodie though.

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  4. Brian Smaller (3,966 comments) says:

    There goes half my vocabulary.

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  5. Clint Heine (1,495 comments) says:

    Cheap, shameless whoring Farrar you motherfucker! The search engines will go crazy over this one.

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  6. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    “Maybe one or two people on this blogsite should think before they utter some….”

    did you hear that Kris K ? specifically numbers 16, 19 &22

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  7. side show bob (3,410 comments) says:

    I think my farm animals would be familiar with most of these words, especially the fucking bulls who love to fight when being shifted.

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  8. menace (402 comments) says:

    who gives a fuck

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  9. Don the Kiwi (1,814 comments) says:

    Well, we could substitute “copulate”, “vagina”, “fallatio practitioner” etc.

    ;-)

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  10. Put it away (2,872 comments) says:

    These are all good words but to me the important thing is not to over-use them so they lose effect. I’m remonded of a mate of mine who basically uses “fuckin'” in place of ummm or errr when he’s pausing to thing of the next word. “So I fuckin’ went to fuckin’…the fuckin’….letterbox…and fuckin’ got the fuckin….warehouse catalogue…and they fuckin’ had some fuckin’ cheap fuckin’ clothespegs.” etc etc. If you waste strong words on things like that, they lose meaning. I’ve been reading this blog for years and I’m sure I’ve only called someone a cunt twice, both thoroughly deserved for stooping to exceptionally low depths, even for lefties. Tassman was the latest.

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  11. DRHILL (121 comments) says:

    Or Farscape with the Frell word?

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  12. sean14 (47 comments) says:

    David

    An irreverent, absolutely pointless yet fucking brilliant post, it reminds me of that Howard Stern bit on the 7 words you must say on air – *BLANK*willow, etc…

    I know there are people like Neil that commented above about people who use these types of words as being vocabulary retarded with personality defects (as I am), but you just can’t beat a good swear. I’m not sure about Neil’s point about not swearing reducing stress either, aren’t there studies that have shown having a swear actually lowers stress levels?

    I won’t be giving up swearing, it’s just too much fun. Besides, my profession just about demands it and you can’t beat a good old fashioned swear-off with your family, friends and colleagues. Especially if they are total cunts who really deserve it.

    Later, fuckers!

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  13. Whafe (650 comments) says:

    The word cunt in general usually makes one sit up and listen, especially if a woman calls a male a cunt… Whoa, it goes down like a turn in a punch bowl…..

    And with the odd film using the C word now, it gets great effect….

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  14. LeftRightOut (622 comments) says:

    Big fucking deal. Or has Joe Biden got a copyright on that now?

    Each of these are just words, exactly like all other words, except some morons have chosen to give them more power by feigning outrage whenever hearing them.

    Why is it not OK to say “Don’t fuck with me” yet OK to say “Don’t screw with me”?

    I am reminded of an old British Army office telling me the tale of his meeting with a woman who berated him for saying “fuck” in supposedly polite comapany. When questioned why the word upset her, she just said it was “shocking”

    His reply was “Madam, if you have never heard the word before, you do not know its meaning, therefore cannot be shcoked. If you do know its meaning, you have heard it before and the time for shock is long past”.

    A word is a word is a word.

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  15. Put it away (2,872 comments) says:

    I can understand LeftRightOut not being shocked any more, looking at the number of things he says that are ludicrous, slanderous and just plain dishonest, I’m pretty sure he’s used to hearing all of the words in the list.

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  16. kowtow (8,938 comments) says:

    It’ s also about manners , respect and plain old common decency ,all of which are in very short supply these days and particularly so in the Hollywood/arty/so called literary set/ so called comedians etc.

    Anyone noticed the crapper a comedian the more effin’and blindin’ they do?

    Time and place for most things but alot of people just don’t get it.

    Another thing about alot of the rubbish on the box these days like Californivcation etc is that in the US thats pay TV so theres a “restricted audience”and they can get away with the contents but here its put out on the public airwaves or whatever its called.

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  17. GJ (329 comments) says:

    This is a sad report on the state of our country. Without decent standards a country will go into decline and NZ has been falling rapidly with increase in murders, beatings and child abuse and don’t try to convince me that they are not all connected as the evidence is overwhelming!
    Why don’t we try and clean up our act instead of accepting the anything goes attitude which is just a slippery downhill slope.

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  18. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    Patrick Starr 12:18 pm,

    “Maybe one or two people on this blogsite should think before they utter some….”

    did you hear that Kris K ? specifically numbers 16, 19 &22

    Forgive me Father God(#22) for I have sinned, I have used your name in vain Lord Jesus(#19), I stand before you humbled and contrite, and plead that you hear my prayer.

    I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ(#16), my Lord and Saviour. Amen

    @#!$&%, prayer life will never be the same again.

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  19. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    Seriously though; I’m surprised ‘Faggot’ (#9) is worse than ‘Jesus Christ’ (#16).

    I mean ‘Faggot’ is just someone who’s either a sodomite or effeminate, or both. Don’t we just call it a lifestyle choice in these ‘enlightened’ times? I thought the sodomites would wear it as a badge of honour; in the same way they embrace ‘queer’ and ‘gay’.

    It’s a queer old world we live in.

    [DPF: It is all about context. I have never heard faggot being used except to denigrate. Queer and gay are often used as descriptive terms not to denigrate]

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  20. Michaels (1,233 comments) says:

    And of course, there is this on the fuck word.
    It goes to show just how powerful it can be and in how many different ways.
    It will also explain to you that the word fuck is the only “f” word that is described as tthe “f” word.
    Entertaining, have a look.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26UA578yQ5g

    Whale posted it months ago.

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  21. Inventory2 (9,380 comments) says:

    I wonder where “knuckledragger” would fit in on the Kiwiblog list

    eh ..

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  22. JiveKitty (778 comments) says:

    Given that “Jesus Christ” is a translation of the name, it’s not even taking “our lord and saviour’s” name in vain. As for “faggot”, it’s not a word that’s been reclaimed and reconstituted by the gay community, much like the majority of the black community has not reclaimed and reconstituted the word “nigger” despite what some in popular culture might attempt to portray.

    @Kowtow, Kris K and those of such ilk who might consider the increased use of such words indicative of a moral decline, blah blah, etc: These are just words at the end of the day, however, and while people getting offended is a fact of life, have you just considered, y’know, not getting offended? Of themselves, it’s not the words that harm anyone – it’s the attitudes and intent behind the use of such words that should be causing offence if any is had.

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  23. LeftRightOut (622 comments) says:

    [DPF: It is all about context. I have never heard faggot being used except to denigrate. Queer and gay are often used as descriptive terms not to denigrate]

    CRAP.

    Faggot, queer, gay, poof, poofter, shirt lifter, turd burglar, dung puncher, homo, cocksucker, sodomite, queen, et al, all describe exactly the same thing – a male homosexual. Same thing, just different words.

    BTW, DPF, where do you stand on “breeder”?

    [DPF: And wanker is a description for all men, but that does not mean it is not derogotary. You are very close to demerits]

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  24. 3-coil (1,199 comments) says:

    No appearance of “dyke” on the list either, which is surprising. It seemed to stir up quite a reaction when used anywhere near any reference to a recently retired childless politician…

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  25. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    3-coil 3:04 pm,

    No appearance of “dyke” on the list either, which is surprising. It seemed to stir up quite a reaction when used anywhere near any reference to a recently retired childless politician…

    Good point.
    I think that demerits, even, may have been ‘awarded’ for someone making such insinuations on this blog-site.

    … but obviously, “It is all about context”.

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  26. Inventory2 (9,380 comments) says:

    Is LeftRightOut also BillyBorker? They’re both homophobic lefties which frankly, is unusual.

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  27. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    JiveKitty 2:57 pm,

    So it’s all just “sticks and stones”, eh Jiveturkey?

    I think many here realise exactly the power that spoken/written words hold. Often the greatest offence/impact can be caused by intelligently insulting (telling the truth about) someone without using any of the above words.

    For example, Christ caused great offence by addressing the Pharisees as follows:

    Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

    These guys were so offended they wanted to kill Christ – hard to top that one!

    You “whited sepulchres filled with dead men’s bones”. :twisted:

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  28. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    Inventory2 3:31 pm,

    Is LeftRightOut also BillyBorker? They’re both homophobic lefties which frankly, is unusual.

    So true. Usually lefties are more in the guise of being heterophobic; especially against white middle class conservative (hetero) males.

    Of course, while not a lefty myself (heaven forbid!), I am often accused of being homophobic (don’t you just love labels?), and so perhaps this is the one thing I have in common with LRO/Borker/MNIJ.

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  29. Yvette (2,763 comments) says:

    Kris K, I would think your example ‘whited sepulchres’ and the connotation of Levitical defilement would equate more with someone calling a leading politician ‘Nixon’, ‘Hitler’ or ‘Judas’ rather than his proper name.
    The above range of words would seem to only be the sexual / scatological variety common to most languages and ages, like Roman verpa, colei, cunnus, culus, futuo or perfututum.

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  30. Michaels (1,233 comments) says:

    I always liked the word “queer” to describe homosexuals.
    How they ever managed to steal the word “gay” is beyond me.

    The kids lost out on this one.

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  31. JiveKitty (778 comments) says:

    @Kris K: My point is that people should be less precious about particular words and concentrate more on context and intent. As in your example, none of the words are offensive in and of themselves, it is the context that made them so offensive (buying into the Bible as accurate historical source).

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  32. kowtow (8,938 comments) says:

    Jivekitty

    I fail to follow your logic ,on the one hand it’s all just words dont get offended,but on the other hand its some group in society ,reconstituted/reclaimed blah blah. Perhaps they shouldn’t take offence so quickly as its just words after all. Your logic ,not mine.

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  33. Puzzled in Ekatahuna (329 comments) says:

    Surely one example worth considering is Hone Harawira’s e-mail.
    Some people were upset the called whites collectively ‘mother fuckers’ and when he apologuised for the expletives all was OK.
    Others were upset at being accused of ‘raping and pillaging fro 200 years’ and so remain upset because he didn’t withdraw that.

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  34. Rex Widerstrom (5,013 comments) says:

    The context of words is also, for me, important. Saying you had a cunt of a day, is different to calling someone a cunt. The fuck word hardly even registers with me, but “fuck you” is usually very offensive.

    Agreed, so what does that tell us about the incredibly high rating for “Jesus fucking Christ”? I’ve never heard that thrown at someone as an insult, so would be vastly less offended than I would be if I heard most of the words or phrases below it thrown at me or at someone else in a pejorative way.

    It suggests to me that the process of Americanisation is proeeding apace and NZers will soon be sporting mullets and driving pickups with gun racks, and affecting that sort of Palinesque approach to religious belief – with all the negative consequence that implies. I hope I’m wrong.

    Meanwhile I’m gratified to see “Christ on a fucking bike” doesn’t rate at all.

    Thus while I must think twice about implying the deity du jour ever copulated, I’m free to continue to suggest a certain lack of ability on His part when it comes to two wheeled permabulation.

    Glad that’s cleared that up :-D

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  35. Crampton (213 comments) says:

    David, you’ve made my day with this. Thanks! They don’t list my personal favourite, “Jumping fucking Jesus on a pogo-stick”, so I guess it isn’t offensive and I’m free to use it in lecture.

    You feel sorry for the folks running the face to face survey; I’m imagining a South Park episode where Eric Cartman gets hired to do the survey or just pretends to have been hired to do it.

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  36. kowtow (8,938 comments) says:

    Rex.

    The swearing was always a Brit thing. I think it wasn’t until the likes of Lethal Weapon and Bruce Willis that American pop cultre really got into public swearing, and its not American its Hollywood.

    As to Americanisation,too late ,every town and city is full of “wanna be” types with silly gangsta hats on sideways and jeans around the knees ,again not Ameriican but Los Angeles gang or # whatever it was in the unacceptablility league.

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  37. JiveKitty (778 comments) says:

    @Kowtow: “I fail to follow your logic ,on the one hand it’s all just words dont get offended,but on the other hand its some group in society ,reconstituted/reclaimed blah blah. Perhaps they shouldn’t take offence so quickly as its just words after all. Your logic ,not mine.”

    I was explaining the why they do get offended, not that they should be offended. Although I will note that because of the particular “why”, there is usually a negative context around the word as the people who to use the word “faggot” typically appear to use it to denigrate, as noted above by DPF. The use of such words does not offend me.

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  38. Michaels (1,233 comments) says:

    “Jumping fucking Jesus on a pogo-stick!!!!

    Love it, now only if I can remember it!!!!!

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  39. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Hell… you could say all these swear words in Maori.. and I wouldn’t have a clue… I always prick my ears up when Maori is spoken and they say Whaka this and Whaka that.

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  40. Brian Smaller (3,966 comments) says:

    Fuckety fucking fucker

    Try that one next time on a cold morning you stub your toe on a chair while walking past it. It helps.

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  41. LeftRightOut (622 comments) says:

    [DPF: And wanker is a description for all men, but that does not mean it is not derogotary. You are very close to demerits]

    Then you don’t know many women. I know women who refer to “having a wank” when they are pleasuring themselves.

    And you didn’t answer the question – Where do you stand on breeder?

    [DPF: I find it hilarious when I hear it used]

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  42. kowtow (8,938 comments) says:

    Talking of wankers……..

    Otago University spent 5 years and 5 million dollars studying the function of the knob on the male erection and concluded it was to give the male pleasure during love making.

    Canterbury U spent 3 years and 3 million dollars and concluded it was to give the female pleasure.

    Waikato spent no money and 1 minute and concluded it was to stop your hand slipping off.

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  43. Shunda barunda (2,986 comments) says:

    “I mean ‘Faggot’ is just someone who’s either a sodomite or effeminate, or both. Don’t we just call it a lifestyle choice in these ‘enlightened’ times? I thought the sodomites would wear it as a badge of honour; in the same way they embrace ‘queer’ and ‘gay’.”

    So Kris do you do your wife up the bum? if so, does that make you a “faggot”?
    Because you do realise that most “sodomites” are in fact heterosexual men don’t you, or are you just particularly bigoted towards homosexuals?
    I think you may have revealed a bit more of your sin prejudice there padre.

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  44. JiveKitty (778 comments) says:

    @Leftrightout: “Then you don’t know many women. I know women who refer to “having a wank” when they are pleasuring themselves.”

    That’s a pretty idiotic suggestion you’ve made there. Maybe he doesn’t know and/or associate with the same kind of women that you do.

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  45. kaya (1,360 comments) says:

    Classic Father Ted on swearing featuring Mrs Doyle – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLTnacYvvg4
    Love it when she differentiates between feck and the “f” word, lol.

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  46. Repton (769 comments) says:

    Otago University spent 5 years and 5 million dollars studying the function of the knob on the male erection and concluded it was to give the male pleasure during love making.

    Canterbury U spent 3 years and 3 million dollars and concluded it was to give the female pleasure.

    Waikato spent no money and 1 minute and concluded it was to stop your hand slipping off.

    Actually, it’s to scoop out semen left by the previous guy.

    Or so some scientists think.

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  47. Fisiani (1,052 comments) says:

    I walked into the garage to see if my car engine had been fixed and the mechanic cried out “The fucking fuckers fucking fucked.” To which I replied, You’ve just used the same word as a noun, a verb, an adjective and an adverb. To which he replied “Fuck?” and I said and a question mark. He then said . “What The fuck! ‘ and I said ”and an exclamation mark.

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  48. Rich Prick (1,750 comments) says:

    Oh bugger … cock, cunt, Labour, fuck, shit, Greens, arse, Peters, twat, Anderton. And cunt again. That feels much better.

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  49. Rich Prick (1,750 comments) says:

    And that may well assist Google searches enormously.

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  50. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,760 comments) says:

    A variation on #4 is Jesus H. Titty Fucking Christ.

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  51. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,760 comments) says:

    I note that two power words that hurt the ladies hears aren’t on the list:

    PUSSY
    TITS

    Those two words don’t fly with the Ladies much, just like the #1 word. :twisted:

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  52. Brian Smaller (3,966 comments) says:

    A variation on #4 is Jesus H. Titty Fucking Christ.

    I prefer Mohamed the Pig eating Pedophile.

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  53. dad4justice (6,594 comments) says:

    Mohamed the molester.

    Edit – I expect a Jihard Attack.

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  54. MikeE (439 comments) says:

    “baldhead (the derogitory term for a white New Zealander)

    Is it? Never heard of that one.”

    Its a Jamaican term, from reggae… along with things like chi chi man or bumbaclot…

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  55. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    Shunda barunda 8:38 pm,

    So Kris do you do your wife up the bum? if so, does that make you a “faggot”?
    Because you do realise that most “sodomites” are in fact heterosexual men don’t you, or are you just particularly bigoted towards homosexuals?
    I think you may have revealed a bit more of your sin prejudice there padre.

    Ah, my old friend Shunda making this a personal issue – once again.

    My PERSONAL belief is that ‘sodomy’ between a husband and wife is not as acceptable/normal as is penal-vaginal sex – although the Bible does not address this specifically. But what the Bible DOES address is that sexual relations of any/all kinds is expressly forbidden between the same sex – and this is stated clearly in both the Old and New Testaments. A sodomite is clearly a term directed specifically towards MALE HOMOSEXUALS and the act of penal-anal penetration – are we REALLY debating the meaning of the term? I think most here, and the general understanding within society of the term ‘sodomite’ is pretty clear. You really are a nitpicking git at times, aren’t you Shunda.

    And regarding your “or are you just particularly bigoted towards homosexuals”, I would say that both God AND I are bigotted towards homosexuals, and the acts that homosexuals engage in – once again I point you to Genesis and Romans for specifics (I’m sure as a ‘professed’ Christian you’ll be able to find the relevant verses).

    Of course, God can and does forgive ALL sin for which repentance is sought through Christ – including homosexuality – but let’s not forget the strength of God’s condemnation of such ‘lifestyles’, and by doing so make a mockery of God’s word.

    And in closing:
    “I think you may have revealed a bit more of your” ‘version’ of Christianity, and of just what prominance you place upon the ‘uncomfortable’ portions of scripture. And I would encourage you to consider the following warning:

    Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
    Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

    A wise man would heed such advice.

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  56. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    Jesus fucking Christ; motherfucking retarded ‘God” bullshit AGAIN…

    Yawn.

    Shunter & Kris, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take your “God” stuff to debategod.com… or somewhere else where people might actually be interested…

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  57. JiveKitty (778 comments) says:

    @Brian Smaller and dad4justice: “I prefer Mohamed the Pig eating Pedophile.” and “Mohamed the molester.” respectively. While I don’t know about the pig eating (not saying he didn’t), as far as I was aware the pedophilia/molestation isn’t in dispute, so no need to fear, it’s not offensive and there’ll be no jihad because of you two highlighting it.

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  58. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    I always had a chuckle whenever I heard that desperate try hard; Mike Hosking say “fizzing at the bung” on air. (He obviously didnt know what it meant)

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  59. Brian (Shadowfoot) (70 comments) says:

    “God” and “Jesus” not acceptable on TV? That’ll mean an improvement to Sunday morning television.

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  60. JiveKitty (778 comments) says:

    @Brian (Shadowfoot): Nah, they’ll just replace the indirect informercials with other direct infomercials.

    Direct/indirect with regard to cash. In one, they want you to go somewhere and give your cash in return for illusions. In the other, they ask you for your cash straight-up in return for what are products that usually also offer illusions

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