# What is a Swear Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.
Template taken from Rubio.

[A break from the Piece de Resistance series, another one of the series will be posted hopefully within one day.]

Well, this question does not ment to inspire your thinking, but rather an enticement to your recollections in the childhood, given the title is a FAQ, especially when you ask "Is *** a swear word?" to your parents. can be added if you want. Have fun :-)

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Swear Word™.
Use the following examples below to find the rule.

$$% set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Swear }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words}^{\;\!™}\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2019.05.15}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{pens}&\text{pencils}\\ \hline \text{crap}&\text{excrement}\\ \hline \text{swear}&\text{oath}\\ \hline \text{hell}&\text{netherworld}\\ \hline \text{bloody}&\text{sickly}\\ \hline \text{seamen}&\text{sailors}\\ \hline \text{bad}&\text{wicked}\\ \hline \text{good}&\text{beneficial}\\ \hline \text{gender}&\text{sex}\\ \hline \text{ardour}&\text{lust}\\ \hline \text{focus}&\text{fetus}\\ \hline \text{love}&\text{passion}\\ \hline \text{hungry}&\text{Hungary}\\ \hline \text{pure}&\text{purity}\\ \hline \end{array}$$

Well, remember to explain the title as well! Have fun!

Hints:

usefulness level 1

The relation required has nothing to do with the meanings of the words

• For those who consider the cr*p to vulgar, carp would also work, Have fun ;-) – Omega Krypton Aug 6 '19 at 16:35
• rot13(V pna'g uryc guvaxvat gung craf naq frnzra eryngr (ivn bar yrggre nqqvgvba be erzbiny) gb cravf naq frzra...) – Arnaud Mortier Aug 6 '19 at 20:57
• I'm sure that's one reason why those particular words were chosen :-). (But I bet it has nothing to do with the rule.) – Gareth McCaughan Aug 7 '19 at 0:43
• This comment is for hint request. pls upvote this comment if you need a hint. I will use this as a reference for when i should give a hint to you all. thanks! – Omega Krypton Aug 7 '19 at 4:46

Not enough rep to comment, so I'll leave my comments here.

Is it a coincidence that:

All Swear Words™ can be written in cursive without lifting your pen, whereas all Not Swear Words™ (except gory) cannot be written this way? i.e. Not Swear Words™ contains letters such as "i, x, t, H", which all require a second stroke to complete? Like I said, this pattern holds for all words except for "gory".

• oops... my fault... nicely done! – Omega Krypton Aug 9 '19 at 14:57
• @OmegaKrypton if this is the correct answer, then perhaps a checkmark? If it is not, that would be worth knowing. – Ben Barden Aug 9 '19 at 15:19
• and the title is due to CURSE...ive – Omega Krypton Aug 9 '19 at 15:44
• Ohh, I was thinking it was something along the lines of swear==promise --> "Cross my heart..." --> cross. – maltodextrin Aug 9 '19 at 15:59