December 04, 2013
Washington State Is Number One!

According to a recent study, people here are the least likely to curse during a business phone call.

People in Ohio cursed the most as compared to every other state in the Union: They swore in one out of about every 150 phone conversations.  Ohio was followed, respectively, by Maryland, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Illinois.

And who swore the least?  Washingtonians.  They cursed, on average, during one out of every 300 conversations.  (Yes, this means that Ohioans swear at more than twice the rate of Washingtonians.  Because when Ohioans do something, apparently, we put our goddamn minds to it.)

We shouldn't get too proud, however, since the same study found that we didn't make the top five in saying "please" and "thank you".  (The five states that did are, in order, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Louisiana, and Georgia.)

Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.

(How good is this study, how accurately does it reflect actual speech patterns?   There is one obvious problem:  There are too few calls with curses in them to allow for accurate comparisons, especially comparisons between states with smaller populations.

Beyond that, it's hard to say from the blog posts, and I don't plan to take the time to look at the whole study, even assuming it is available on line.  If it is, and I did take the time, I would start by looking at which businesses were studied, since I know that some businesses are far more likely to make me want to curse than others.

Does this imply that Washington residents who curse a lot are "un-Washingtonian"?   Possibly.)

Posted by Jim Miller at December 04, 2013 09:07 AM | Email This