If you’re like me, you curse a lot. More than you should, maybe. It can be rude, obnoxious, vulgar. But sometimes letting out a good “fuck” just feels so good. Swearing is cathartic. I truly believe cursing like a sailor helps people live longer. It’s definitely a pain reliever, at least.
And now, we know where the real swearers in America live, and the results might surprise you. As a New Yorker, I don’t feel out of place if I let out a $%@* expletive in public. But it turns out New York isn’t the state that curses the most.
America’s cursing leader? The great buckeye state, Ohio.
Of the conversations Marchex looked at, Ohioans cursed once in every 150 conversations or so. Joining Ohio in the top 5? Maryland, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Illinois. New York should be fucking ashamed of itself.
Which states swear the least? Washington is the cleanest, followed by Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas, and Virginia.
South Carolina was the most polite state in the country, using words like “please” and “thank you” most frequently. Louisiana and Maryland also made the most courteous top 5, making them the only states to be leaders in swearing and courtesy. So next time you’re in New Orleans or Baltimore, expect to hear “please get out of my fucking way,” or something like that.
Is this something Ohio should be ashamed of? Au contraire, I think it should be proud. Colorful language is the best language. So keep it up, buckeyes. Keep on swearing, dammit.