STUDY: Ohio, you have a dirty mouth

Image from Marchex
Image from Marchex
Image from Marchex
Image from Marchex

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A new study shows residents of the Buckeye state have a penchant for profanity.

The data analysis released by Marchex Institute found that people in Ohio curse the most in the country. Washingtonians, by contrast, curse the least. Half as much to be exact.

In addition to having a bad reputation for obscenity, the data also named Ohio as one of the top five least courteous states. Hoosiers also found themselves on this naughty list.

Here's how it they got their intel. Marchex's data and research team, The Institute, examined more than 600,000 phone calls from the past 12 months.

The calls were placed by consumers to businesses across 30 industries, including cable and satellite companies, auto dealerships, pest control centers and more.

The Institute scanned for curse words from A to F to S. Analysts then linked the frequency of those words with all 50 states.

To figure who is rude or refined, the analysts scanned calls, looking for polite words like "please" and "thank you".

Ohio was the only state to find itself in the "Sailor" and "Least Courteous" categories. "Ohio's state slogan used to be 'The Heart of it All,'" said John Busby, Senior Vice President of the Marchex Institute. "One could argue this data adds an extra layer of meaning to that phrase."

Here's how the stats broke out:

States with the least four-letter word usage
1. Washington
2. Massachusetts
3. Arizona
4. Texas
5. Virginia

States with the most cursing
1. Ohio
2. Maryland
3. New Jersey
4. Louisiana
5. Illinois

Most courteous states:

  1. South Carolina
  2. North Carolina
  3. Maryland
  4. Louisiana
  5. Georgia

Least courteous states:

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Indiana
  4. Tennessee
  5. Ohio

The data also found that:

  • 66% of curses come from men.
  • The calls that contain the most cursing are more than 10 minutes long.
  • So the longer someone is on the phone, the more likely that call is to devolve.
  • Calls in the morning are twice as likely to produce cursing as calls in the afternoon or evening.
  • Washingtonians curse about every 300 conversations. Ohioans, on the other hand, swore about every 150 conversations.

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