This is the ultimate curse word, according to science: Mathematician creates entirely new offensive term using computer algorithm
A mathematician has created an entirely new curse word based on a list of 186 offensive terms – and she said it is ‘the world’s ultimate swear word.
Sophie Maclean, a student at Kings College London, found ‘banger’ is the supreme offensive term, or ‘ber’ for short.
The researcher fed a list of popular ‘bad words’ to a computer model, which then found the supreme word begins with the letter ‘b,’ has four letters and ends in ‘-er.’
Mclean found that when no inputs were given, the model made up words like ‘ditwat.’
Maclean told BBC Science Focus: ‘I think neither is as satisfying as a ‘f*ck’ when you’ve stubbed your toe, or a ‘sh*t’ when you realize you’ve forgotten your parent’s birthday. But both feel like they could be quite good insults for people.’
The mathematician used a Markov chain in this work, which is a model describing a sequence of possible events in which the probability of each event depends only on the state attained in the previous event.’