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.

Swear Words™ Not Swear Words™
pens pencils
crap excrement
swear oath
hell netherworld
bloody sickly
seamen sailors
bad wicked
good beneficial
gender sex
ardour lust
focus fetus
love passion
hungry Hungary
pure purity

Here is a csv version:

Swear Words™, Not Swear Words™
pens, pencils
crap, excrement
swear, oath
hell, netherworld
bloody, sickly
seamen, sailors
bad, wicked
good, beneficial
gender, sex
ardour, lust
focus, fetus
love, passion
hungry, Hungary
pure, purity

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


usefulness level 1

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

  • $\begingroup$ For those who consider the cr*p to vulgar, carp would also work, Have fun ;-) $\endgroup$ Aug 6, 2019 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(V pna'g uryc guvaxvat gung craf naq frnzra eryngr (ivn bar yrggre nqqvgvba be erzbiny) gb cravf naq frzra...) $\endgroup$ Aug 6, 2019 at 20:57
  • $\begingroup$ I'm sure that's one reason why those particular words were chosen :-). (But I bet it has nothing to do with the rule.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Aug 7, 2019 at 0:43
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    $\begingroup$ 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! $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2019 at 4:46

1 Answer 1


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".

  • $\begingroup$ oops... my fault... nicely done! $\endgroup$ Aug 9, 2019 at 14:57
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    $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton if this is the correct answer, then perhaps a checkmark? If it is not, that would be worth knowing. $\endgroup$
    – Ben Barden
    Aug 9, 2019 at 15:19
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    $\begingroup$ and the title is due to CURSE...ive $\endgroup$ Aug 9, 2019 at 15:44
  • $\begingroup$ Ohh, I was thinking it was something along the lines of swear==promise --> "Cross my heart..." --> cross. $\endgroup$ Aug 9, 2019 at 15:59

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