Posted by Expert Gadget Reviewer on Sunday, 3 June 2007

CAUTION: This video contains language that some people may find offensive.

I recall a mini-debate over swearing, its many uses, and most importantly, its place in our language (language itself being the shared property of all), taking place on Ros Barber's Shallowlands a while back. It's a hot potato that people have very differing opinions on, and so it was with much delight that I found this little gem from the Channel 4 series of celebrity-questioning snippets. In the clip, the various individuals (who comprise of comics, chefs, entertainers, actors, reporters; essentially, people from many walks of life) are asked what there favourite swear word is. The answers fall almost unanimously into two camps. The fact that you can probably already guess what they are says enough about swearing's place in our language and society: something that we shouldn't indulge in too often or overuse (for multiple reasons), but something that packs a punch in certain situations like no other word ever could. After all, the former ensures the latter.