Folks living around the Chesapeake Bay curse. Maybe that’s why they’re so friendly.
Cursing is not only a stress reliever some studies say, it also helps people bond.
Jack Grieve, a professor in Forensic Linguistics at Aston University in England, created a series of maps that show which cuss words are used most across the U.S. “So pretty much everyone’s swearing,” Professor Grieve says. “We just don’t all prefer the same words.”
Here, around the Chesapeake Bay, you’re most likely to hear “shit” and “fuck.” Polite curse words, such as “darn,” are rarely used. But we’re not vulgar. “Motherfucker” is tossed around, but not often. Most surprising was “fuckboy.” It’s a new one on the cursing circuit, but apparently one of the increasingly popular cuss words.
Gawker compiled interactive maps of the most popular curse words across the U.S. We thought you’d want to know the popular ones locally.
Orange = used often | White = used somewhat | Blue = rarely used
Professor Grieve went through nearly a billion tweets between October 2013 and November 2014 to come up with these maps. The tweets — about 9 billion words — were collected by Diansheng Guo at University of South Carolina. You can find more curse word maps at Professor Grieve’s Twitter page, @JWGrieve.
The Hell Map…notably lining up with Shit etc rather than Gosh… pic.twitter.com/KZaicoN4sc
— Jack Grieve (@JWGrieve) July 17, 2015
The fuck map…we’ve never seen a word map quite like this…. pic.twitter.com/qIsWChETGq
— Jack Grieve (@JWGrieve) July 16, 2015