On January 3, 2017, Github came out with the ability to search commit histories. Commits are chunks of code, normally accompanied by a message that explains what this new code does.
The circumstances under which you write commit messages are ripe for profanity. Celebratory profanity, when you conquer a major bug. Frustration profanity, when your code will not cooperate.
When I first saw this feature release I was immediately curious - curious to see which curse word appeared most in commits. Here are the results (as of 2/26/17):
- Damn: 448,944
- Sh*t: 319,186
- D*ck: 245,414
- F*ck: 203,372
- B*tch: 46,621
And the winner is Damn with 448,944 appearances. This total includes other popular derivatives like “Goddamn” and “Damnit”.