AUSTIN -- A recent study showed Texans are among the most polite consumers in the nation. Texas ranked number four in a list of states least likely to curse.
The Marchex Institute analyzed phone calls by consumers to businesses in more than 30 industries over the past 12 months. The businesses included cable and satellite companies, auto dealerships, pest control centers, and more.
The Institute scanned for curse words and linked the frequency of those curse words with each state.
Washington was the least foul-mouthed, followed by Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas and Virginia.
The five states that swore the most were Ohio (first), Maryland, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Illinois.
The data showed Washington residents curse about every 300 conversations, while Ohioans swore every 150.
Sixty-six percent of the curses were made by men, calls over 10 minutes contained the most cursing, and more cursing took place during morning calls than calls made in the afternoon or evening, according to the study.
Marchex is a mobile and online advertising company. Its Marchex Institute is a team of analysts and scientists the publish research based on more than one billion minutes of anonymous call data.