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four-letter word


four-letter word rate
a word considered offensive
four-letter word rate
(Adult / Slang)
A swear word of sexual or scatological nature. Examples: arse; cock, crap, cunt, fart, fuck, piss, quim, shit, turd, twat. The excretory words, crap, shit and turd are sometimes referred to as the base trio.


(1) Alan Richter. The Language of Sexuality (1987): ' Fuck is one of a group of well-known four letter words, all Anglo-Saxon, or Old English, in origin, that are uncomplicated, easy to pronounce, and monosyllabic.'

(2) Gay slogan: ' Homosexuality is not a four-letter word.'

(3) Brick Pollit (Paul Newman) to his father Big Daddy (Burl Ives) in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958): ' You don't know what love is. To you, it's just another four-letter word.'

(4) Anonymous: ' Love is a phwoarrr letter word.'

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