The most unacceptable words and phrases for television

The BSA has done a survey on what words or phrases people would find acceptable on free to air television at 8.30 pm. The 31 phrases tested, and proportions finding them unacceptable are:

  1. Cunt 70% (-9%)
  2. Nigger 65% (-7%)
  3. Jesus Fucking Christ 61% (-4%)
  4. Mother fucker 61% (-17%)
  5. Cocksucker 56% (-8%)
  6. Get fucked 54%(-1%)
  7. Fuck off 50% (-2%)
  8. Fuck 50% (-19%)
  9. Faggot 48% (+2%)
  10. Slut 43% (nc)
  11. Whore 43% (-12%)
  12. Cock 42% (-16%)
  13. Retard 41% (-3%)
  14. Wanker 39% (-9%)
  15. Arsehole 37% (-12%)
  16. Jesus Christ 33% (-8%)
  17. Dick 32% (-8%)
  18. Jesus 30% (+3%)
  19. Piss 29% (-9%)
  20. Bitch 28% (-14%)
  21. Prick 28% (-15%)
  22. God 27% (-7%)
  23. Piss off 27% (+3%)
  24. Bastards 26% (-10%)
  25. Balls 24% (-9%)
  26. Shit 23% (-8%)
  27. Bullshit 20% (-8%)
  28. Crap 17% (-6%)
  29. Bloody 15% (-2%)
  30. Bollocks 13% (-7%)
  31. Bugger 13% -3%)

The figures in brackets are the change in unacceptability from the 1999 survey (or 2009 for some newer phrases).

Only the first two words would cause me a bit of shock if used on television.

Also of interest is the other words or phrases some respondents offered as unacceptable:

  • Pommy bastard
  • Being Jewish (tight with money)
  • Hua Slimy Mongrel
  • Nignog
  • Milf
  • Cock-tease
  • Cuntface
  • Frogface
  • Tea bagging
  • Fucktard

Fucktard is a great word!

  • Ginga
  • Muptard (combination of “muppet” and “retard”)

Also a great word!

  • Dog bangger
  • Whitee wifee

Not heard that one!

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