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Call Data Shows Marylanders Curse Often, Virginians Keep it Clean

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A man on the phone.   (Photo credit: FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — There’s no Census question that asks how often swear words pop up in a person’s daily conversation, but a company that analyzes call data has tackled the task of finding out which state’s residents are more or less likely to curse.

The Marchex Institute examined more than 600,000 phone calls made over the course of a year. They were placed by consumers to cable and satellite companies, auto dealerships, pest control centers and other types of businesses.

Callers in Ohio were foul-mouthed the most. Maryland came in second place. Also in the top 5 — New Jersey, Louisiana and Illinois.

States where callers cursed the least were Washington, Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas and Virginia.

Marchex says they scanned for curse words “from A to F to S,” then linked the frequency of those words with all 50 states.

They also  aggregated state-by-state data on who’s more likely to say “please” and “thank you.”

The institute’s list of the five “most courteous” states is topped by South Carolina, and also includes North Carolina, Maryland, Louisiana and Georgia.

Apparently, Marylanders can be polite and potty-mouthed all at the same time.

The “least courteous” states were Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio.

As you may have already noticed, the Buckeye State is the only one included in both the “least courteous” and “most likely to curse” categories. Maybe there’s a high influx of men living in there? After all, the data also showed that only 34 percent of curse words are uttered by the fairer sex.

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