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WTF! Newcastle a top 10 ‘swear city’


What the $%@#, Newcastle?

The former steel city has earned itself an infamous reputation as a potty mouth community.

That’s according to Preply, who found Bendigo as No. 1 location for swearing in Australia.

A survey conducted by the e-learning platform asked more than 1,500 residents of the 22 largest metropolitan areas to see which city is the cursing capital. 

Newcastle ranked fourth in the nation behind Toowoomba and the Gold Coast.

Apparently, on average, Novocastrians swear approximately 16 times per day, twice more than the Australian norm.

Locals were most likely to cuss while driving (71.74%), in public places (30.43%) and, surprisingly, at the dinner table (28.26%).

“Swearing serves as a multifaceted linguistic and psychological tool, enabling individuals to express intense emotion, establish camaraderie or assert dominance,” Preply language expert Sylvia Johnson explained.

“It embodies a raw form of communication that not only encapsulates feelings but also reflects our inner psychological state.

“The science behind expletives exposes deeper layers of human cognition and societal norms.

“As linguists, the versatility of swearing offers intriguing insights into the social, psychological and neurobiological aspects of human communication.

“It lends itself to diverse expressions, woven into both the banality and fervour of everyday language while illustrating the remarkable plasticity of linguistic structures.

“Understanding this phenomenon can be instrumental in yielding deeper comprehension of the intricacies of human language and cognition.”

Key findings:

  • On average, Australians swear approximately 14 times per day
  • Australia’s most profane city is Bendigo, with an average of 21 swears per day
  • Hobart’s residents are the least likely to swear, averaging only six naughty words per day
  • Young Ausssies have the foulest mouths, with respondents in the 16-24 age bracket averaging 16 expletives per day
  • Australian men are more likely to swear (16 times per day) than women (13 times per day)
  • The most common place for Aussies to swear is while driving, with 70% of respondents revealing this as their place of anger
  • The likelihood of an Aussie letting a swear word slip while at work is low, with only 11% of respondents swearing in professional settings

Here are Australia’s 10 swear cities, according to Preply:

  • Bendigo, VIC 
  • Toowoomba, QLD 
  • Gold Coast, QLD  
  • Newcastle, NSW
  • Brisbane, QLD
  • Rockhampton, QLD
  • Albury-Wodonga, NSW 
  • Ballarat, VIC 
  • Cranbourne, VIC 
  • Wollongong, NSW 

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