Above: Stats of swear use amongst London Teenagers
Bollocks to it (via Mind Hacks)
Teenagers love to swear. Says who? Says science you melon farmers. And what could be better than a top ten of teenage swearing compiled by science wielding psycholinguists? A US – UK show down. Let the cursing commence.
The book Trends in Teenage Talk: Corpus Compilation, Analysis and Findings was written to summarise the findings of research on the word use of teenagers in London.
In Chapter 4, on slang and swearing, the authors compare the frequency of swear words in London teens to the same from an earlier study in East Coast American adolescents.
Here are the East Coast American stats:
More can be read here. Admittedly, I have to agree with the author who says:
I would first like to express my disappointment that the word bollocks is being neglected by UK teenagers.