Does Montana Curse More Than Other States?
Cursing is a bad habit... or at least that's what my mom taught me (hi mom) but according to Patrick Star from Spongebob Squarepants, a curse word is nothing more than a sentence enhancer. "You use it when you want to talk fancy. You just sprinkle it over anything you say and WHAMO you got yourself a spicy-sentence sandwich." Words to live by, thanks Patrick (sorry mom).
Everyone knows the downsides of cursing, but you might not be aware of the benefits. A 2017 study found that using the occasional swear word can make you seem more trustworthy. Maybe that's because scam artists often try to appear polished and professional, whereas an honest person may be less careful with their vocabulary.
Another interesting fact about cursing is that it seems to improve people's tolerance for pain, and there are plenty of studies to back that up. This article from Scientific American notes several studies, including one from the journal NeuroReport, which found volunteers that swore were able to keep their hands submerged in cold water longer than volunteers that didn't swear.
The website word.tips analyzed Twitter data to rank each state based on who swore the most— Montana ranked 41st on that list, or put another way, we're ranked #9 on the list of states that swear the least. In my experience Montanans are polite sweethearts, so that's not surprising to me.
If you're curious what Montana's favorite curse word is, word.tips was able to find that as well. I wouldn't dare say which word that is directly, but I will say that the word has 4 letters and starts with an "F." I'll leave it to the online detectives to sleuth out which word that could possibly be.
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