Residents of Maryland and Virginia have a lot of things in common, like a shared enmity for Metro delays, exhorbitant home prices, and a preference for “coke” over “pop.” According to a report, however, there’s one thing that distinguishes the two states: the use of curse words.
Maryland ranks as the second most profanity-prone state in the nation, behind only Ohio. That stands in stark contrast to Virginians, who were among the least likely to curse in the country. Only the relatively polite states of Washington, Massachusetts, Arizona and Texas were less colorful in their use of language.
The data was compiled in May by the Marchex Institute — the data arm of the advertising firm Marchex — and resurfaced again this week by The Atlantic. It includes the analysis of more than 600,000 recordings of phone calls made to consumer-facing businesses across the country over the span of 12 months.