Research: Twitter Users Have a Dirty Mouth

According to a recent study of 51 million tweets from 14 million users, Twitter is a haven for the  foul-mouthed. The trend starts high on Monday, and slowly winds down by Friday. Around Sunday, the cursing gets more prevalent – probably because Monday is around the corner.


The study also confirms that the word fuck is prevalent and versatile. The word’s 2 million plus count out-ranks the next popular word, shit, by at least a 2 to 1 margin.

Of course, you’re probably thinking, we curse a lot, all the time, what’s the difference with Twitter? Well, according to prior research, 0.5%-0.7% of the off-line words are typically foul while Twitter’s curse frequency is around 1.15% with about 7.73% of all tweets containing cursing. cursing2