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Old 16 July 2015, 07:32 PM
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United States Do You Live in a "Bitch" or a "****" State? American Curses, Mapped

Americans love to curse, no ****ing question. **** this, **** that, bitchass mother****ing cuntsucker jerk titslut, etc., etc. The question is, which of these bad-boy words are favored where? Who says “****” the most? Who says “asshole” the least? Is there a “shit” belt? (As it turns out, yes: From New York City down to the Gulf Coast.)

Jack Grieve, a professor in Forensic Linguistics at Aston University in England, has been tweeting out maps of the U.S. with geotagged data from Twitter that show where in the country we are using which swearwords.

http://gawker.com/do-you-live-in-a-b...-cu-1718259899
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Old 16 July 2015, 07:39 PM
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The map for the f****t is depressing.
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Old 16 July 2015, 08:14 PM
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F***ing proud to see the Northeast doesn't d**k around with p***ant curses like "gosh". No, we f***ing well unleash the big guns alla time.
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Old 16 July 2015, 09:43 PM
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Those results don't match what I'm used to hearing.
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Old 16 July 2015, 11:54 PM
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Those results don't match what I'm used to hearing.
The map really needs to be taken with a grain of salt. All of the intermediate colors really should be removed since they are statistically insignificant, only the scores above the +2 and below -2 are different from random noise in the data.
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Old 16 July 2015, 11:57 PM
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Well, they were relying on social media for data, so I was already doing that.
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Old 17 July 2015, 01:51 AM
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I was really expecting the anti-gay slur to be more common in the South, so that one was a surprise. Instead, it's much more common in the West. Within California it correlates somewhat to the more conservative areas, with the Bay Area and Central Coast using it less, but Southern California and the more rural/desert inland areas using it more, but on a national level it doesn't.
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Old 17 July 2015, 12:38 PM
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Look at Minnesota; in almost every category, they are about the lowest. Minnesota Nice indeed!
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Old 17 July 2015, 01:07 PM
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Just to be pedantic or something, but a lot of these words have non-cursing usages. That can affect frequencies substantially.
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Old 17 July 2015, 01:11 PM
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The more interesting lesson to me was what ULMB's filter did with the original post.
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Old 17 July 2015, 01:29 PM
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Yeah, I see it even checkmated Crius on pi-ssant.
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Old 17 July 2015, 03:04 PM
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The more interesting lesson to me was what ULMB's filter did with the original post.
Yeah, I didn't know what it was going to do -- I normally convert things to "NFBSK" myself (certainly at least in headlines), but for this one I thought it best to leave it uncensored. There are one or two odd choices in its selectivity, I must say.
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Old 17 July 2015, 05:07 PM
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I'm a little disappointed - how can you a study on swear words and not include all of George Carlin's 7 words you can't say on television?
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Old 17 July 2015, 08:45 PM
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Yeah, I see it even checkmated Crius on pi-ssant.
Actually, no - I did it all by my lonesome! Honest!
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Old 18 July 2015, 01:37 AM
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I wonder if the prevalence of ass*hole in the northeast is due to the common name for people from Massachusetts, massh*le, in particular when they are driving or otherwise annoying those from other states.
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Old 18 July 2015, 02:13 AM
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Maybe it's just where Dark Helmet ended up?
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Old 18 July 2015, 09:51 AM
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I wonder if the prevalence of ass*hole in the northeast is due to the common name for people from Massachusetts, massh*le, in particular when they are driving or otherwise annoying those from other states.
I think it's the opposite - the prevalence of the word enabled us to declare those drivers from eastern Mass to be Massholes. But I think we'd have invented the word if the root word didn't exist. I mean, really, they are just. that. bad.
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Well from what I can see, we Marylanders S and F a lot.
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Old 17 January 2016, 01:57 PM
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Well from what I can see, we Marylanders S and F a lot.
I expect one. The other is none of my business.
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The map for the f****t is depressing.
Sigh. I was going along, looking at OK, somewhat surprised by all the blue colors* and yet not, because this is the Bible belt, after all, and then I ran into f****t. This state, sometimes.

Sigh.

On a slightly lighter note, I feel like I overhear 'B!tch' a lot more here than the map would indicate, but that may be that I am on a campus where the second most number of students come from Texas. Or are younger. Wonder about the effect of demographics?

(*OK also has a high intensity for 'substitute' swears, like 'Gosh' and 'darn'.)
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