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How to swear like a champ using the Word Flow keyboard in Windows Phone 8.1

The Windows Phone keyboard became even better with the 8.1 update. A few enhancements that you may not know about include auto-importing of names from your contacts, which improves the auto-complete feature in Word Flow. Another is the awesome Shape writing, which we’ve come to love in our daily usage.

But what about swearing? (Warning: curse words ahead).

As it turns out, if you type “What the fuck”, Windows Phone will auto-correct ‘fuck’ to ‘duck’. It’s a bit amusing, but let’s face of it, some of us like to prove our might against the drunken sailors of the world.

So the question is, how to get swears into the auto-complete/text prediction?

Windows Phone 8.1 can handle swearing now, as Microsoft chief Joe Belfiore tweeted out last night. We spoke with one of the engineers on the Windows Phone team, and received some clarification on how it all works.

How to put swears into Word Flow keyboard (Windows Phone 8.1)

  1. Write out an email or text
  2. Write desired swear word
  3. Change the auto-corrected word after it “fixes” your swear
  4. Send message with desired curse word intact (this is important)
  5. Repeat three or four times

What you will notice at first is Word Flow will auto-correct your swear. After a few uses, it will still auto-correct, but the swear will now be in the dictionary. Progress! Finally, after about 4 or 5 instances, Word Flow will stop auto-correcting the swear and let you continue unabated. Heck, it will now fix your offending language.

Basically, Microsoft gave you the ability to add swears to the text-prediction engine in Windows Phone 8.1, but they wanted to make sure “…that the system is confident you use the word. We didn't want to offend folks who might be sending messages about ducks. It's a balance”.

Indeed, it is and I think it’s a smart approach that won’t upset some people, while also making us verbal degenerates really fucking happy.

Bonus emoji alert!

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

266 Comments
  • People these days...Wow..............
  • ducking cool...
  • What the duck
  • King's Bounty: Legion You should check this game immediately! I swear god it's amazing.
  • That game does look amazing. Nice find.
  • You should check PicSplit this camera app is the :poop:
  • Downloading it. It looks ducking amazing.
  • what the shirt
  • Heck, I'm scared to curse now.....
  • +720
  • About ducking time.
  • do you think this is a motherducking game ...?
  • Duck then all, big and small
  • Quack Quack
  • This is going to suck the next time you need to send your boss a text/email about the rising duck population in the parking lot, and that you saw one of them trying to eat a stick.   Damn you auto-correct...damn you to he'll
  • Is your office in a pond ? Otherwise why would ducks enter your parking lot ? ;) (just saying, it might be possible in some places to see ducks in parking lots ;) )
  • ....makes hand flying over head motion.....
  • lol don't forget about all those rocks waddle over.
  • Omg no kidding
  • My building is actually right near the Charles River in Boston and we oftentimes have ducks, geese and rabbits in the parking lot. The most amusing part was taking pictures of them there in the winter doing god knows what while it was snowing. So hey it could be possible.
  • Try understand the sarcasm and humor guy.
  • Haha
  • Duck you
  • I guess people these days can't communicate much without cursing.
  • People behave and act differently depending on those they are interacting.  I definitly drop some sh!ts and f4cks when talking to my close friends but never with my professional contacts and extended family.  I won't be doing this trick just to keep myself from accidentally dropping an f-bomb in an e-mail etc. to someone.
  • Duck off, bro!
  • You really think this is a smart approach? How about simply adding a checkbox in the keyboard settings to toggle filtering.
  • True, that would be nice..
  • Or you can hit the +(word) in suggestions to add it right away.
  • I don't think that works.
  • I've added a lot of incorrect words by mistake and can't remove them. Only reset is available
  • Nooooo ! There's an option (at least its there in 8.0) which allows you to clear all added words. What's more, wp is very intelligent, so if you edit an autocorrected word 5-6 times, it stops autocorrecting ! ;) (i guess many didn't know that, never seen it mentioned)
  • That's what I meant by reset. Resetting the dictionary for a few words isn't a good move. I wish I could remove specific words from the dictionary
  • I think i mentioned a way to remove specific words in the second half of my comment. It has worked for me always !
  • Cant add swear words, it already knows them, but tends to ignore them unless you do the above. Youl notice if you swear at cortana it comes up as f***
  • the +(word) still works, it just has to be for a word that's not recognized in the dictionary.  Curses are recognized but they are giving you the benefit of the doubt :)
     
  • Agreed.  Still, better than not having the option at all, like in 8.0.
  • In 8 auto correct worked the same way. And the chocolate ice cream emoji was there too.
  • ha (chocolate ice cream)
  • Hahahaha... I wonder how many times you have sent a chocolate icecream to your girlfriend :D :P :D
  • this method, while it takes a few times for the system to learn, requires no extra settings or user interaction aside from telling the phone what you want.    for the layperson i feel this is a better method vs a setting that is buried in the keyboard settings somewhere that many people will never go look for.   android does this to a point, as once the swear word is learned, it won't fix it to duck, but it also won't change a misspelled fcuk to the correct spelling, which is kind of annoying.    now to go curse at one of my friends multiple times. "no, i'm not mad at you, i'm trying to get my phone to learn curse words so i can use them for real in a later text message to you." ;)
  • This actually works... But you don't have to text a friend... Just put all the words you want in a text to yourself... Copy & paste, and keep resending the same message several times... Then delete the text thread... You'll find the new words in your dictionary next time you write the words...if only we had some way to add words individually directly to the dictionary... I want to add my email address to my dictionary so I won't have to keep typing it out everytime I need it!
  • Enough with the checkboxes everywhere. I like this way better. This is what AI is for.
  • That works too, but there are lots of users who never delve into the menus. Ideally, both approaches would be better..eventually if you manually change your autocorrected swears back, the OS would automatically check the filtering checkbox.
  • +8.1
  • I like this!
  • Want this for Swedish keyboard, so fast to type in English!!
  • Svenska ville inte ens föreslå "helvete" senast jag skrev det... och det är ju t o m en plats! :p I bestämd form var det OK dock tydligen. Fast vet inte om det var censur eller bara dåligt förslag.
  • Hoppas swipe kommer till svenskt tangentbord när den officiella wp8.1 kommer om någon månad.
  • Haisuhs aiuiqfas fopqiui fio apiuafb right back at ya.
  • DhajJsnshduz hhshahjzisudidja
  • Gurnerin hiem hiug fkrik?
  • Jeg håber på dansk ;)
  • Wut.
  • I was following it until it went into Muppetese.
  • This is fantastic to hear. My vocabulary is such a salty pirate.
  • Yar Har, fiddledee, dee, being a pirate is alright with me. Do what you want cause a pirate is free, you are a pirate!
  • Fuck
  • Lol
  • If you install Hinglish keyboard, it even recognises "Haram ka pilla" among others.
  • Itz hindi (latin), but hinglish is fine.
  • I sometimes use the Hindi (devnagari), does it recognize there too?
  • Agreed! duck that shirt...
  • Shit fuck it doesn't auto correct it for me...
  • Want this for the Danish language!!!  
  • "Indeed, it is and I think it’s a smart approach that won’t upset some people, while also making us verbal degenerates really fucking happy." HAHAHAHAH! brilliant writing.
  • I especially love the title of the article.
  • This blog post is the ducking shirt. Can't wait to share it with all my birches.
  • LOL
  • Literally LOL'd. Love you guys!
  • I wish I could favorite this comment!
  • Sam, you forgot the most important part of the guide! You need to correct the spelling :P
  • Clever haha
  • duck duck duck duck fuck fuck
  • Goose ?
  • Hahahaha! WP stands corrected!!
  • Heheh ^_^
  • Holy shirt man, what the actual duck?
  • Now this is the kind of improvement that we need to hear about! :) although a few what the ducks can be kinda funny.
  • Finallly :D
  • duck yeah!  
  • Windows Phone is the shirt!!!
  • and duck Android.. (-8
  • and I-oh-es xddddddddddd legun
  • "4. Send message with desired curse word in tact (this is important)" That's impossible. You're tactless if you sent it!   I think this is a good way to go about it. I'm all for swearing if one wants to, but accidental autocorrects is worse than having to manually fix curse words.
  • This article is fucking awesome!
  • *ducking
  • Cazzo
  • Cazzo cazzo
  • Cazzo cazzo
  • Cazzo cazzo cazzo
  • Cazzo cazzo cazzo cazzo
  • Not working......I have to memorize Swear words in my contact list to male this happen??? -.-
  • Sorry..it actually works, it must be a normal sms or an email, as the article says
  • Sorry, but I'm laughing so hard right now! "Cazzo cazzo cazzo cazzo" LOL
  • Fucking brilliant!!!!
  • And this folks is why Microsoft's prediction engine is the best in the bussiness. 
  • Nearly died of laughing so much with this article. Fucking brilliant. Edit: Got some English curse words to be saved on my WordFlow. Now off to get my beloved Portuguese ones :3
  • Thanks for the tip! Bonus emoji shot was a nice touch!
  • I'm fairly fucking sure my fucking wp8.0 keyboard does this shit anyway. yup.
  • I'm confident this is the only article we can swear on and not get banned
  • Might as well swear as much as possible before you go onto the next article. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Does not work on my Nokia Lumia 920, I have updated to win Phone 8.1 :/
  • No Danish support :/
  • Duck yeah ditches.
  • Good tips lol I hate when I say I don't give a shot in texts
  • Haha !
  • Ducking awesome! Oh, no joy yet lol
  • Lol that emoji :D
  • I need to learn how to use word flow
  • Just slide your finger near the words, works everytime and no need to press space too
  • The best part of the article is the emoticon of the last screen shot. :D
  • this article just reminded me of when i text my wife on while she was driving the car with the bluetooth, she replied fucking jerk, the phone read it back to her exactly the way she said it and i got *!@#$%!$% . i had to call her to find out what she said and i couldnt stop laughing.
  • Let the comment swearing begin
  • You're rickin' frackin' right.
  • Duck duck duck
  • Hahahahahaha I love the ending to this article!!! "really fucking happy!!!" Hahaha
  • Thanks for this Daniel, you farging icehole!   (kidding...you're a H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks of a guy)  
  • lol
  • @Daniel Rubino LMFAO! Kudos to you for having the balls to write a kickass article like this!! You really have been on a roll lately! Each article is just a joy to read, now if you can just get @Sam Sabri to spell/grammar check his articles before he posts them! No offense Sam, your a great guy and love reading your pieces just as much... That is... The parts I can understand... LMAO, Just joking... Ok I'll stop :)
  • classic movie quote sir
  • Ty...was hoping it wasn't too obscure of a reference
  • This is ducking great. Alert Dr. Pizza because he specifically wrote about this in his review
    It does, however, highlight a long-standing problem of almost all software keyboards. I'm a grown adult. I use swear words. While swear words are generally in the dictionaries of these keyboards, so they don't get red underlined, they're normally blocked from autocompleting. The autocomplete will always assume I meant ducking instead of another word, one that sounds like ducking but has a very different meaning.
  • Fuck fuck fuck thick full duck duck fool
  • Lol
  • Just like Cortana, WordFlow isn't available in all countries.,
  • The emoji suggestions are 1 hell of a surprise.. I was writing the word "love" and it automatically displayed a heart in the word suggestions.. So thoughtful nd brilliant!
  • Great! I also wish that emojis were bigger on messages. They are now bigger on the keyboard but they should also be bigger on the text messages
  • I mean, it's one thing to censor actual bad words, but why does it need to censor words like poop and crap? Oh, well, glad there's some way to fix it now. Should just be a toggle, though.
  • Well finally. I can do this once or twice and always have my curse words :)
  • This article is rofl thanks. Actually very useful too hahahaha I love this ducking site!!!
  • Aw fuck that
  • Holy shot!
  • Yes!! Best feature of 8.1 yet! hot shit!
  •  having been fucking her count  was suddenly tucking  while fixing a WP
  • Where is Wi-Fi direct in Lumia 620?
  • Side note: I said this yesterday, but Cortana can understand that Fark.com or fark means pull up results for Fark.com than F**k.com
  • Duck yeah lol
  • I'm in live with keyboard specially
  • Best ducking article EVER!
  • Sounds like a lot of working to me. I should be just allowed to add the words myself.
  • Get the duck out of my face
  • =D
  • Its a great fucking day for MS and adults!
  • Tit, wank, pussy, fucker, shit, cunt, cock, piss, arsehole... How many times do I have to do this again?
  • Yes I have often wished that I could curse more. Thanks Microsoft for helping me be a better person. Lol
  • Fuck yeah!!
  • Most useless, worthless post in the history of mankind. Ugh
  • Who knew, swearing is so important nowadays that we dedicate a post just for this
  • C'mon man let the boys have some fun
  • LMFAO! Last night I was trying to trype "Shit" and it would just change it to "Shirt". Now I know how to add that "Shit" so it will type "Shit".
  • +1020
  • Cool! Now for this on my surface, as it always changes 'fucking' to 'ducking'. :-/
  • LMFAO! Bonus emoji!!!!
  • Lol what the duck. This article is cool. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Cortana is from da hood, I asked her "what does the fox says" and she kept "hearing it" like "what does the fuck say"
  • Duck that shirt.
  • A little off topic here, but I would like to see a good article on what a fucking mess has become of Xbox Music, its complete SHITE!
  • Fucking this
  • What the duck! Funny article haha.
  • Most amusing article in some fucking time!
  • Not as cool as this, but I learned another new trick a few minutes ago.  On Android I was used to being able to swipe through the spacebar and keep going.  It was annoying me to have to swipe a word, tap it from the prediction bar, and swipe the next.  I accidentally found out you can swipe the first word, lift your finger off, and then start swiping the next word and it will automatically put a space in between the two once you finish the 2nd swipe.
  • Out of topic! Did anyone with HTC got Cortana? Please help! I have set everything to USA and I don't have her on my phone. Duck it!
  • I'm all about this Cortana WordFlow business. My buddy told me he would meet me next week and the calendar popped up. Fucking awesome.
  • just write one email and type fuck fuck fuck fuck. send. done ..
  • Now this is the type of fucking article we love!
  • It's very nice and I am writing with swipe thanks
  • Easy way to do this is to send an SMS text message to yourself and repeat the words you want remmebered.
  • What the duck is this this ducking auto correct, duck you to death .
  • Great article
  • I've got a lot of words to teach this thing.
  • Cyan will be an interesting update and better than the black update
  • 1 word per email? Or can you send a whole list with each word on a new line? And it doesn't matter to whom you send it? And if you use 3 different languages/dictionaries how to add to a certain dictionary?
  • Now if I could just get speech to text to swear properly. Gat dang MS.
  •  having been fucking her count she was suddenly tucking  while fixing a WP
  • If the could just display the word when you say it too . So it doesn't come out #$%&*(!
  • About swipe: what is the technique for including a space before or after a word so you don't have to keep using the space bar the old fashion way? I try to include the space bar in my swipe path but it messes the word up.
  • Just lift your hands off of the keyboard then start typing again.
  • It was that simple! Thanks dude!
  • Shit
  • Usefull to correct some unusual name , lastname or words you use often.Terrific job
  • How lame we've become, to seek ways to communicate requiring no intelligent language skills.  Simply beautiful.  However, I have to say that I just can't get the hang of this word flow/swype/whatever.  I just end up with a messy screen.  I'll stick to typing, I'm much faster at that.
  • On the contrary, the power and impact of an appropriately placed taboo expletive can not be denied. Additionally, there are times when relaying someone's exact words require the inclusion of those swear words. Don't be so quick to pooh-pooh the use and need of naughty words when needed. :)
  • There is NEVER, I repeat, NEVER a "need" for such language.  Just because society has lowered itself to that level of thought doesn't make it right.  It just means more people are okay with lowering standards and wallowing in dirt.
  • There is never a "need" for salt, or pepper either, but they are useful for adding spice and dramatic flair. Too much salt and pepper would ruin any meal. But beyond the discussion of the artistic merits of the occasional taboo expletive, there are times when recording events, that one MUST record exactly what was seen and heard, otherwise things could be unduly open to interpretation. A police report, for example. Or a discussion about the relative merits of the use of taboo expletives... Before you continue on your journey on that high saddle of moral indignation, please recall that standards ebb and wane, there is always a line that "society" draws, and where things fall in regards to the line isn't necessarily a lowering of standards, or a gradual slipping into the filth, but a constant tug and pull over what is acceptable or not within a very narrow social boundary, both temporally and geographically.
  • Society has already lowered itself below those standards. You see it daily when some idiot stubs his toes at the community pool. He doesn't whisper "Fudge" to preserve what little pride American culture has left. He screams out "FFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK" because that's what he really fucking wants to say.
  • I've noticed this. I'm glad my phone finally accepts me for the potty mouth I am. :)
  • Is there a way to review and edit the added dictionary words? I have accidentally added misspelled words in the past, and with no way to review those adds, the next time the misspelling error occurs, it isn't corrected.
  • I've had this happen too and I had to reset my dictionary... I wish there was a user dictionary (as there was on even basic phones in the past!)
  • This is ducking hilarious. I thought my phone was being a chock done I can't curse, but I knew see that's dumb as duck. This is funny as shot.
  • This is stupid.... They should include a tick box for uncensored speech.
  • Duck all.
  • This article needs more ducks!
  • After you type the word shit, then hit the spacebar, you will see a little pic of a steaming pile in the suggestion bar to use for extra emphasis. 
  • Finally!  I'm so ducking tired of this shirt! Now Steve Jobs can kiss my hairy ads and suck my pennies!
     
  • Buhahahahahahahaha! I saved this article in Pocket just for the duck of it. Say, outta curiosity does anybody actually write "Duck" on purpose ? ;)
  • Peking fuck
  • This whole comment section is fucking awesome. To take a article and turn it into a fuck fest of fun is beyond delight. Oh and yes XBOX music FUCKING BLOWS BULL BALLS MS.
  • I did notice the emoji after I typed poop and I chuckled to myself a bit. Props, Microsoft.
  • Fucking awesome
  • So I've now told my mum to fuck off three times and called her a bastard shit. Seems ok.
  • Thanks Daniel that was very helpful.
  • So I went to this exotic restaurant last week and this was the first time I had duck and it was great!  
  • Best ducking article I've read all day!
  • Fuck
  • Fuck! Wow only took two tries!
  • I already have a few words on my phone unfiltered. It must have picked up on my earlier habits.
  • Haha funny shit
  • I think I resemble that verbal degenerate comment
  • Got it saved without sending haha just repeat on a text template approx ten times then go to write it to a friend via text and viola! Fucking Fucking Fucking Fucking Fucking Fucking Fucking Fucking yeah!
  • Lol at the emoji she you type "s***"
  • What the fuck?!
  • Best article of the year! That's what I'm fucking talking about!
  • Ducking fok.. Damn that shot... LoL
  • Hahaha! Awesome.
  • Can I try this one here? Fuck! Shit! Pls don't tell my mom. :| When I type fuck and hit space the next suggested word is "me" whaaaaat.
  • Try typing word flowing shut after programming it, it will alternate between shut and shit... no matter how slow i go and try not to touch "i"
  • Stupid poop head =)
  • Funny how it doesn't recognize shit, but after typing it out it comes up with the emoji.
  • Am gonna ducking...
  • Best ducking post, evah!
  • Fuck
  • Duck them all motherhood agile shirt southward pens tires books dock beats blowing ( nearly worked ) , relation post
  • Seems you can no longer hold your finger on the box to move the carrot where you want.... that was always really useful.
  • What the duck
  • What the duck
    D
  • I used to live on a farm, so I often talk about fucks.
  • People that feel the need to curse should pick up a great deal of boks and expand their vocabulary. It's almost pathetic that one would need a work around to use a word, that can be easily replaced by a multitude of less valgur words.
  • Nazi go home!
     
  • Found a faster way to add curse words to your autocorrect: Names and nicknames. (Cortana and address book) 8.1 automatically adds all names of contacts, first and last, to your custom dictionary. My first order of business after updating to the preview and changing my region was to decree that Cortana call me Motherfucker Jones. Immediately I went to tell a friend about it and motherfucker was fully on the autocorrect. Didn't try to change it even once. And you don't even have to keep the names. Just sign every swear you can think of to a contract, change them all back (if you want-telling Cortana "Text McFucktard" to text a buddy never really gets old... :D) and you're done!
  • (Word Flow) ..... what a FUCKIN' AWESOME article!
  • Duck this shirt! This is no proper way of adding words. I want my added word to be usable the very next time I try using it. What the duck is this ducking shirt?!
     
  • Fuck fuck fuck dick dick dick Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • I can't type duck now
  • LOL. Great article Daniel. I am 41, I like to fire out a bit of blue when the situation demands  it. 
  • America!! Duck yeah!!
  •   Will Cortana still respect me in the morning? Lol.
  • I thought this article was the biggest pile of hit, a load of botox! then i realised its ducking amazing.  I love to sucking swear like a runt but duckling feel life i lucking shouldnt. thank luck for sucking stuck duck luck ruck and a double suck! anways anyyone know when this lucking 8.1 is out in the clucking UK? and will the wore Cortana switch work or do we have to ducking wait! :)    
  • Duck, I really love this shirt
  • wp 8.1 merit-- notification center..background image...cortana..quiet hour ..separate volume control ...apps 2 sd...
    demerit----no fb integration messaging...no live music tile...no artist image while playing music.......no artist image on lockscreen....response of lock key not good..no background image in gallery...
  • Thick this! Scree you autocorrect you piece of junkyard sir!
  • Its not perfect but an improvement.  Now the keyboard needs to know the difference when you are talking about sucking or fucking and dick or lick.
  • Or, you know, they could allow a custom dictionary like everyone else...I hate when MS tries to protect me from myself against my will.
  • fracking awesome!
  • Can someone please tell me how to turn on the word flow keyboard.
  • If you have 8.1 then it should be on by default, but if its not then go to the keyboard option in settings and check the box which says type as I flick through letters
  • George Carlin would be proud!
  • What the duck
  • We are so ducking awesome!
  • Most entertaining motherfucking article in the history of this site!
  • It turns out that there's one word that's SO unthinkably foul and obscene that Word Flow will never ever learn it.  You can apply the Belfiore trick as many times as you want - this word is forbidden.  It's THAT nasty.   That word is "gapless."  (I'm serious.  Try it.  No, really.)   Suddenly it all makes sense....
  • What the fuck
  • What the fuck .
  • What the fuck.
  • What the fuck..
  • What the fuck,
  • What the fuck,,,
  • I thought cursing was involved.
  • How about adding contacts with the curse words in the name field, and don't include any phone number, then the keyboard will automatically transfer them in the dictionary :P and then only show contacts with phone numbers in the people hub :P
  • Great ! time to quickly type out those rude words to any farking iceholes..........
  • Not. Ducking. Happening. -.-
  • Thanks for the tip. I find don't have to send an email several times. i just train the word several times in a single email and then send.
  • daniel, this is one ducking cool tip.
  • I updated my windows phone 8 to 8.1 and then i lost my Auto-correct . I also took the help of internet but of no use . If you know any good solution then please email me or answer this question on this site. Please help me.
  • I updated my windows phone 8 to 8.1 but then i lost my Auto- correct . Please help me if anyone knows a good solution.please!!!
  • I updated my windows phone 8 to 8.1 but i lost my auto correct .please somebody help me . Please