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Twitter research reveals the sweariest locations

If your foul mouth runs off in person and on the internet, it may not be entirely your fault – it could be due to where you live.

The prevalence of swearing on social media is so fascinating that researchers from University College London’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) have dedicated a whole study towards it, focusing particularly on the use of Twitter in the United Kingdom.

They monitored all geo-located tweets sent from smartphones within the UK for the period from 28 August to 4 September. This accounted for more than 1.3 million tweets, with the results revealing the most profane areas in the UK.

The where

Tweeters living in Redcar and Cleveland were shown to be the sweariest, while the upper-class areas of Oxford and Westminster displayed the least amount of foul language. Clackmannanshire and East Ayrshire also appear to be fond of the online curse word, while the Orkney and Shetland Islands seem to live in profanity-free bliss.

The study didn’t stop there, however – it also took into account peak times for swearing.

The when

Commissioned for BBC Radio 4’s Future Proofing programme, the research period fell over football’s transfer deadline day, resulting in the biggest peak for swearing on Twitter. Arsenal’s signing of Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck saw cursing peak at 9:00 p.m. on Monday 1 September. Football fans were responsible for further spikes in swear words, with matches key times for expletives to be published on Twitter.

For anyone who has ever sworn at the thought of getting out of bed for yet another work day, you’re not alone. Risque words are more likely to be concentrated around the mornings on weekdays, popping up again at lunch time and at the end of the working day.

Monday has been highlighted as a particularly frustrating day for tweeters, with many posting expletive-laden tweets at 5:00 p.m. to express their feelings on the pressure of their jobs.

The what

For those curious about the most popular expletives littering Twitter, you may not be surprised to find out that the “f-bomb” accounts for almost a third of all those tweets containing curse words. This is according to a separate study published earlier this year called ‘Cursing in English on Twitter’, which collected 51 million tweets at random from around 14 million users and analysed them for profanities.

This study revealed 7.73 per cent of all tweets contain curse words, with a top tier of seven popular expletives accounting for more than 90 per cent of all the foul language on the social media platform.

By Emma Smith

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