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Casual Fridays: Inside EVERYONE’s studio of curse words

For last week’s Casual Fridays study we asked respondents to answer James Lipton’s famous ten questions from Inside the Actor’s Studio. In case you’ve never seen the show, here are the questions:

What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on?
What turns you off?
What sound or noise do you love?
What sound or noise do you hate?
What is your favorite curse word?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What profession would you not like to do?
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

What we wanted to know is if we could identify any recognizable patterns in the answers. Are responses completely random, or do characteristics like age, gender, occupation, and so on, have an effect?

The short answer is “no” — they don’t have much of an effect at all. There was an incredible amount of variety in the responses. Out of 509 respondents, the most popular word, “Love” was the favorite of just 10 — less than 2 percent of responses. There was a little more regularity with least favorite words. Topping the list was “cunt,” with 24 picking it as their least favorite. But still, this represents less than 5 percent of all responses. The next four “least favorite” words were moist (20 respondents), no (16), hate (11) and fart (7). One unexpected word that garnered a large favorable response was onomatopoeia, chosen by 5 respondents as their most favorite word — the fourth most popular word, in a tie with “thanks” and “awesome.” Two respondents each chose some exceptionally unusual words: defenestrate, schadenfreude, and discombobulate. Overall, 39 words were chosen more than once as favorites, representing 115 individuals. This means nearly 400 people chose completely unique words as their favorites.

But of course, you’re probably most interested in our respondents favorite curse words. Fair warning: the language gets a lot more graphic from here on out, so don’t click through if you don’t want to see it.

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