Marylanders second-most likely to swear (but also third-most likely to be courteous)

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December 03, 2013|By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun

Damn it, Ohio!

Ahem, pardon us, please.

We got a little carried away when we saw that Ohio beat out Maryland as the state in which people are most likely to curse. 

But we're OK now, thank you for asking.

That's because Maryland is also the third most-courteous state in the union.

The data comes from a study of 600,000 recorded calls from the past 12 months. (Something about the phrase "This call may be recorded for quality assurance..." makes the Insider want to utter a few choice phrases.)

Marchex Institute, the research arm of one of the companies that records calls, used software to analyze conversations to calculate which states' residents were most likely to utter oaths and pleasantries.

Those &#%! Ohio residents were most likely to use profanity, followed by Maryland, New Jersey, Louisiana and Illinois.

The most courteous states were all in the South: South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Louisiana and Georgia.

That means that Maryland and Louisiana share the distinction of being the two states where people like to pepper their speech with both curses and courtesies.

Pretty #$%&ing interesting.

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