$#@&in' *&=@!: The United States Of Cursing

January 26, 2011


Note: Larger version HERE and a giant f***ing PDF version (11MB) HERE.

This is a map of the United States charting geographic dirty-word (buttfudge!) use through Tweets. The darker an area the less profane, the lighter an area the more profane, and, if you zoom in on my apartment, pure f***ing white. No -- see-through.

I made use of six main swears] that came to mind: f***, sh*t, b*tch, hell, damn, ass

I was running these through Excel (since I had the Tweet data in a spreadsheet), and I had it simply search for those text strings within the message. In most cases, that meant it was a search along the lines of f***, meaning it would catch "f***er," "f***wit," and other words probably bandied about the UW Cartography Lab in its saltier days. For ass and hell, I kept wildcards out of those words, since there was a chance of catching something like "assume" or "shell" if I did not.

... Huffman confirms that he did in fact normalize for population. So this isn't just pure volume of cussin, it's more like the number of profanities per tweet.

Interesting. So basically all that data and not a single trend anywhere that looks like a wiener. I AM DISAPPOINT. Still, I found if you tilt your head just right the northwest does look like Conan eating a little steak. So that's something. Not something I'm particularly proud of, but neither is my gambling problem. Which -- $20 says I can end this sentence without a period. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.

No Swearing in Utah [cartastrophe] (click map for giant PDF)
Mapping the Sweariest States In the Union [gizmodo]

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