Where the Potty-Mouths Are

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What region has the foulest mouths on the Internet? The Southeast does, according to geography lecturer Daniel Huffman MS’10. Analyzing data from Twitter, Huffman looked at the prevalence of six different swear words. (We won’t reproduce them here, as we don’t want to inadvertently drive up Wisconsin’s cuss-quotient.) Using 1.5 million geocoded public Twitter posts (i.e., “tweets”) as his dataset, Huffman calculated the frequency of swearing — how often one of his six words was used per 500 tweets. Those calculations were the basis for this map. The bright areas indicate the highest rate of swearing. Curiously, Madison appears to fall in an area of relatively clean language.

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Published in the Summer 2011 issue

Tags: Geography, Research

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