A few basic British expletives(taken from the BBC study "Delete Expletives?"):

  • Bollocks - v : (1)make a mess of, destroy or ruin; an expression of disbelief
  • Wanker - n: (1) A person who masturbates
  • Arse - n: buttocks
  • Paki - n: Pakistani, or any Arab-descended individual.
  • Shag - v: to engage in sexual intercourse with
  • Spastic - adj: clumsy or inept
  • Bugger - n: a sodomite
  • Slag - n: a woman whose appearance and sexual activities are considered unacceptable
  • Sodding - tr. v: to damn. Sod n: (1) a sodomite; Sod Off tr v: to dismiss angrily
  • Bloody - adj., adv: used as an intensive; reference to the "blood of christ"

Rough translation into American English:

  • Bollocks = "Bullshit", or "Fuck Up"
  • Wanker ="Jack-off"
  • Arse = "Ass"
  • Paki = "Rag-(or Towel-)head", "Osama"
  • Shag = "Fuck"
  • Spastic = "Retard"
  • Bugger = "Fag"
  • Slag = "Slut" or "Whore"
  • Sodding = "Fucking (esp. anal)"
  • Bloody = "God-Damned" (any vulgar reference to God)

Interesting tidbits:

  • The word "shag" was made popular in the U.S. by the "Austin Powers" movies.
  • According to the BBC, the top 5 severest expletives are "cunt", "motherfucker", "fuck", "wanker", and "nigger"
  • "Nigger" and "paki" are the two words with the highest increase in severity, over the last 5 years.
  • "God" is ranked last (#28) on the BBC's list of severe expletives.
  • "In all cases, women find expletives more offensive than do men" - BBC
  • "Shit" and "piss" are not considered very severe by the BBC, whereas they are on the FCC's forbidden list.

Source: www.asa.org.uk/research/documents/upl_10.pdf

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