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30th Nov 2016

Try not to giggle at this list of words considered too offensive for TV

Paul Moore

Filth. Ban them all. Don’t read this.

In what might be the greatest list of all time, Ofcom have released the words that they consider to be too offensive for TV. Won’t somebody please think of the children!

While the majority of these words are used on a routine basis, it’s interesting to see what the authorities deem to be too racy for the general public, and it feels like any list that tries to define the seriousness of words like ‘clunge’, ‘twat’ and ‘beaver’ is worthy of your attention.



The words are divided into categories such as ‘mild’, ‘medium’ and ‘strong’ language, helping broadcasters determine whether or not they can be used before the watershed.

No chuckling at the back.