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The Most Emailed Curse Word of 2012 Will Surprise You, Then Crack You Up

by Nicole Fabian-Weber on January 4, 2013 at 7:10 AM

gigglingLet me ask you something, friends: When you email people, do you use curse words in your writing? Weird question, I know, but a hilarious (maybe only to me) survey was recently conducted by an email aggregate app called Cue, and turns out: Lotsa people swear in their emails. And, taking things a step further, Cue, clearly never ones to shirk their duties as "researchers", discovered which curse words were the most popular in email in 2012. Ready to find out?

The most frequently emailed curse word is shit. I want to say I'm surprised, but, really, I'm not. Shit's just one of those words people use completely haphazardly, whereas the second most emailed word -- fuck -- takes a nanosecond of premeditation to use and, more so, to type. Shit accounted for 41 percent of all emailed cuss words in 2012, whereas fuck accounted for 37. Damn came in third at 15 percent, while bitch only made up 6 percent of swear words.

Cue also found that the most popular emoticon of 2012 was the smiley face. But this one: :). Not this one: :-), which came in second. And the wink face -- ;) -- came in third. Oh, and dogs were the most popular animal mentioned in emails as well. Why these guys aren't working on the CERN supercollider is beyond me.

But back to cursing in emails. What are your thoughts on it? For me, I'm mixed. I rarely, almost never, okay fine, sometimes curse in work emails. And in personal emails, it depends. If it's a group email between friends, yeah, sure, I'll drop an f-bomb in there, but if it's someone I just met, I probably wouldn't -- where I would maybe curse in front of them, depending on the situation. It just seems so much more ... vulgar when typed. Like, you have to take the time to spell it out and whatnot.

All this said, though, I'm not gonna lie: I love curse words. I know it's a filthy habit, but one I have a hard time kicking. They make me laugh, and sometimes they're the only way to really be emphatic about something, you know?

So, yeah. I really don't know what else to say about this. I like cursing. Pretty cut and dried. Oh, I guess here's something to add: Have an awesome fucking day! Peace!

Do you curse in emails?


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  • melis...


    January 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    LOL cursing is my second nature unless I am on the clock. When writing to someone important or to a religious family member I have to be very careful not to include a curse word or two, it is easier to do the emails because you can't erase what you verbally said around my religious family so if I have to I can just go back and erase the curse words I have typed in my email. LMAO

  • aponder


    January 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Some people have too much time on their hands.  And how are they reading everyone's emails to know this?

  • Karma...


    January 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Aponder, they took a survey. Nicole the writer is as easily amused as a child I guess. I didn't see a reason to laugh at "shit" being the #1 cuss word.

  • Conni...
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    Connie Breitwie

    January 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM
    Me either Karma.
  • expat...


    January 4, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Move along, nothing to see here *yawn*

  • JessL...


    January 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    More importantly, where is this useless information coming from?  Who is reading these emails and where?

  • Zuri
    -- Nonmember comment from


    January 4, 2013 at 8:21 PM
    No, I don't curse in e-mails. Or ever. Then again, I'm still a kid, so I probably don't count.
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