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These maps show which curse words are most popular in your home state

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Mom, don’t read this one.

The linguist blog Strong Language shared the results of researcher Jack Grieve‘s study into how different parts of America like to cuss a swear. It turns out every region in America likes to let loose with a good expletive from time-to-time — we just differ on which words we like to use, and, like other lexical preferences, those differences tend to break down region-by-region.

Grieve analyzed a set of geotagged tweets collected between 2013 and 2014 and then plotted them on a series of maps, with red representing higher frequency and blue for less. The maps are republished here with Grieve’s permission. 

Here are some of the more interesting observations from the maps. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the post is going to get a bit blue from here on.

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