Teenagers’ Favorite Dirty Words

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Kids today! Who can tell what they’re saying, right Grandma? In fact, Andrew Sullivan points us to these fascinating tables from Trends in Teenage Talk that suggest teens are cursing the same way they have for decades. (Spoiler: they sure love to drop the “F-bomb.”) While there does seem to be some lighthearted concern about the diminishing use of “bollocks” in the UK, we’re just happy the “C word” and various racist slurs aren’t making a comeback. Also interesting: British guys seem to out-swear their female counterparts at a rate of nearly two to one, while the genders seem more equitable in the US. Is this progress, or just depressing? Let us know what you think in the comments.

The most popular curses among teenagers in London (left) and on the east coast of the U.S. (right):