Travel to Ohio this summer and you'll probably want to cover the kids' ears.  Ohio was just named in a Marchex study as the state most likely to curse.  However, our kids have probably already heard a lot of those four letter words since Louisiana finished the poll at Number 4.  On the upside, Louisiana also finished at Number 4 as the most polite state.

Washington State was the least likely to curse, and interestingly enough, Texas finished as the fourth state least likely to curse.  The survey was conducted in the midst of "National Etiquette Week", a seven-day gentle reminder, to be civil and courteous to one another.

The Institute, Marchex’s data and research team, examined more than 600,000 phone calls from the past 12 months. The calls were placed by consumers to businesses across 30 industries, including cable and satellite companies, auto dealerships, pest control centers and more.

The Institute scanned for curse words from A to F to S. Analysts then linked the frequency of those words with all 50 states.

The data also found that:

  • 66% of curses come from men
  • The calls that contain the most cursing are more than 10 minutes long. So the longer someone is on the phone, the more likely that call is to devolve.
  • Calls in the morning are twice as likely to produce cursing as calls in the afternoon or evening.

The Institute also sifted through data from each state to see who says “please” and “thank you” the most. The Top 5 “Most Courteous” states were: South Carolina (1st place), North Carolina (2nd place), Maryland (3rd place), Louisiana (4th place), and Georgia (5th place).