Last update - 08 September 2006
As with the above House Rules, this Swear Word Policy has been developed so that everyone can get the best out of contributing to the Forums.
By participating in the Forums you also agree to abide by this Swear Word Policy. The Publisher reserves the right to change this Swear Word Policy at any time by posting these changes online. You are responsible for regularly reviewing information posted online to obtain notice of such changes. Your continuing use of the Forums once these changes are posted constitutes your acceptance of this Swear Word Policy as modified by the posted changes.
* Please be warned that if any content breaks the rules below it may be removed by the moderators of the Website.
- If you see one of the swear words listed below within a posting or an article we'd like you to bring it to the attention of the site moderator by using the link provided. The moderator will then remove the offending word.
- If you see a word that you personally find offensive, but is not included in this list, please bring it to the attention of the moderator, who will make a decision as to its suitability in the given context. This page is a guide only; if other words offend, or are used in an offensive way they may be removed.
- The Publisher would like to point out that it would prefer you not to use swear words at all. The Forum attracts a wide range of readers and members, in terms of age, culture, nationality and personal attitude and many people are genuinely offended by swear words that others consider perfectly acceptable.
- If you feel you must use swear words within a posting please star out the word yourself (see examples below). Please note though that the starring out of swear words is not a means to get around the Forum House Rules. If your posting breaks the House Rules (i.e. it is obscene, profane, abusive, racially offensive etc.) it will be removed regardless of whether the words have been starred out or not. Swear words on the banned list that have been deliberately or accidentally mis-spelt will also be removed.
- Swear Words: The Banned List
This is a selection of some of the words on the Banned List. Please note that all derivatives of the following words are also currently included on the banned word list:
- b*****k(s) - testicle
- c**t - vagina
- f**k - to have sex
- j*sm - ejaculated semen (also spelt j*zm)
- t**t - another word for vagina
- w**k - masturbate
- Words with Dual Meanings
These are a number of words which have both acceptable and unacceptable meanings.
- b*****d - illegitimate person (forbidden in the context of an insult, allowed as a term for an illegitimate person)
- p**s - urinate (banned in the context of urination and insult, but allowed as a slang term for being angry or drunk)
- p***k - a penis, a pricking feeling (not to be used as a substitute for penis nor as an insult, allowable in the context of pins)
- Minority Groups
Some words are banned not because they are profane or swearing, but because they may offend members of any minority, religious or ethnic group. The list below is not definitive; any posting or article using a slang word that may be seen to be offensive to any group of people will be removed and the posting may result in the termination of your account.
- c**n - black person, possibly from raccoon. You are allowed to use 'coon as a slang term for raccoons, but the word must be proceeded by an apostrophe to indicate the shortened word.
- n****r - another term for black person
- s*****c - a term which used to be used to describe a person with cerebral palsy
- y*d - short for Yiddish