It should come as no surprise to those of us living in the Soprano state, but a study of consumer calls to businesses by the Marchex Institute, a division of a mobile technology company, shows New Jerseyans have potty mouths. New Jersey ranked third, after Ohio and Maryland, in the frequency of using curses.
States that were least likely to curse? Washington, Massachusetts and Arizona.
Conversely, New Jersey ranked pretty well when it came to courteousness. The study looked at the frequency of the use of “please” and “thank you” in the call. South Carolina, North Carolina, and Maryland were the top three in politeness, but New Jersey was ranked in the top “very courteous” category (as opposed to usually courteous or not courteous).
Those state ranking at the bottom were Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Indiana — thus proving that there does not have to be a direct correlation between politeness and words that some deem unfit for polite company.