I found some interesting maps on the Huffington Post last night. They illustrate where certain curse words get the most use in the US (the lower 48 states). Not at all surprising to someone who lived there most of her life, the mild expletives “Darn” and “Gosh” are quite common in Oklahoma. So, too, is “crap.” Harsher language didn’t enter my life until I got away from home. (I didn’t even say “hell” or “damn” till I got to college, and even then, never when I was back home. To say I was sheltered and naive would be an understatement.
Jack Grieve, a professor of forensic linguistics at Aston University in England, is the author/compiler of these maps and published them on Twitter on Thursday. The words used were gathered from Twitter between October 2013 and November 2014.
For maps of some of our more, er, colorful language (“bitch,” “shit,” “asshole,” and others) see the HuffPo article. And there are even more on Grieve’s Twitter feed. Do you use the language common in your state? Or are you a transplant resisting the evil influence? In my experience, people tend to adopt the language of those around them, almost unconsciously, as a way of fitting in. But maybe curse words are different, because there are several I very rarely use.