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April 02, 2009

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James Tindall

genius!

Simon W

You forgot cockweasel: http://browse.guardian.co.uk/search?search=cockweasel

Jay

Arse. And balls!

Rob Bradford

My friend Steve has been doing something interesting with this too: http://guardiantrends.appspot.com/

ian katz

As the editor who once made the mistake of putting 'Fuck Cilla Black' on the cover of G2 I am very glad to see that suggestions that we are a bunch of potty-mouths are completely unfounded...genius graph

paul

You should have used twat too. Nonetheless, this is hilarious.

Mark

genius. Dont get back to work.
Mark

Rob

Bastard declined after 2001 - probably an after-effect of 9/11

You're kidding, right?

duncan

excellent

Norman Giller

Back in the 1950s I was threatened with the sack as sports editor of a local newspaper for using the word 'bloody' in a quote from Jimmy Greaves. Times have changed for the better, I swear. Norman Giller, dyslexic dol frat

Conrad Quilty-Harper

Tom, have you considered running a search for misspelled words? I can imagine it'd be several degrees harder to execute than this example, but could be very useful in the context of the recent debate over subediting positions at newspapers.

I applied for the API with this in mind, but (unsurprisingly?) haven't heard back from them...

Pestinpest

I got a comment deleted once for saying the Hungarian equivalent of wanker.

emily bell

...can we have a Y axis please?.... : -)

Tom Hume

Emily: Y runs from 0 to 0.9%...

Conrad: yeah I was wondering about that, but trying to think about how to count misspellings. There's a few common ones ("teh") which you could go for, but I reckon a spellchecker would require some training to get to grips with all sorts of names, language, etc...

luther blissett

"Wank is massively underperforming over the last decade"

Nah, it's just not used very often outside of Derek & Clive.

Clearly, you should have looked for wankers instead-- I'm sure there are plenty more of them these days.

Ron MOULE

If you replaced the offensive terms with

Banker
Politician
Pension
Expenses
Justice and
Scrutiny

you'd get similar results

justme

in south africa before and after the war "skaap" (sheep) was a fighting word and "bloody" got you kicked out of society. then along came american negro influence and motherfucker now is as common as blimey. fuck as you say has peaked - it's time we went (back) to blasphemy and here we can be inspired by the cultures that never let it go - i.e. the Greek gamo tin panagia sou - I fuck your virgin Mary. tasty.

Matt Gibson

Sadly the utilisation of arse is showing decline....

mankoff

You divided by the number of articles. But perhaps you should divide by the number of words. The trend could be a function of the word count increasing, or could be larger than is shown if the word count has been decreasing.

Chris Heilmann

Well played sir, loving it!

John P

Hmm. Looking for 'cockweasel' as Simon W suggsted above, returns results that say that Anna Pickard used it twice and Heidi Stephens wrote the said word once. Nobody else wrote the word cockweasel in the Guardian over those years, apparently.

Which makes me wonder - would there be any way of picking out the sweariest writers (with the option of excluding Charlie Brooker, who would probably cause the profanoscope to explode)?

Or to total up all the swears by men and those by women and put them up as a boys vs girls bar graph?

I think much fun is being missed :)

John W

This being the Gruniad, did you think about searching for misspelled swear words like cnut and bsatard? Of course searching for fcuk would definitely push that trendline upwards.

dean

in south africa before and after the war "skaap" (sheep) was a fighting word and "bloody" got you kicked out of society. then along came american negro influence and motherfucker now is as common as blimey. fuck as you say has peaked - it's time we went (back) to blasphemy and here we can be inspired by the cultures that never let it go . tasty. http://www.fullmediafire.com

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