What States Are Using What Curse Words?

Jack Grieve
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Today's series of maps come from linguist Jack Grieve. Grieve looks at specific words in geotagged Tweets and converts them into maps that show where and what people are saying. Although his Twitter is jam-packed with lots of different words, the most fun are the curse words. The higher the amount of cussing, the redder the region on the map. As you can see, the South is fond of softer curses like "darn" and "gosh," while New York has no problem pulling out "a**hole." Keep in mind this data is strictly Twitter-based, so the maps are most likely representative of a younger base of speakers. You can see the rest of the maps—a lot have NSFW language that made our staff blush—on Grieve's Twitter

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