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Cursing Ohioans

December 26, 2013
Times Leader

OHIO has many accomplishments, but a rating surfacing this year places those from the Buckeye State in a rather impolite status.

A mobile ad technology company, Marchex, reviewed recordings of more than 600,000 telephone calls made to businesses during a 12-month period and found that Ohioans curse more than those in any other state.

Ohio in the cursing category was followed by Maryland, New Jersey, Louisiana and Illinois.

And that's not all. Residents of the Buckeye State also are among the top five in being discourteous since the conversations reveal they don't use terms such as "please" and "thank you," as much as those in most other states.

Maybe Cadiz native Clark Gable started it all. After all, he shocked (or rather surprised) movie audience with those memorable words, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

Movie censorship was much stricter back then. Even though Rhett was able to swear, a movie trivia website reveals he wasn't able to say, "Maybe you'll have a miscarriage," right before Scarlett fell down the stairs; his line was changed to "Maybe you'll have an accident."

IN THE Buckeye State's defense, however, Gable's character in "Gone With the Wind" wasn't from Ohio, but from Charleston, S.C.

Granted, Butler was a "black sheep" and things have changed from the Civil War, but that famous character from the award-winning movie did nothing to help South Carolina's reputation, as to manners.

Despite Rhett's vocabulary, Marchex's measurements reveal it's only occasionally that profane words are uttered by those from South Carolina, and that state currently ranks as the most courteous.

Ohio didn't garner first place in the discourteous category, being surpassed by Wisconsin, followed by Massachusetts, Indiana, Tennessee and then, you guessed it - Ohio.

Those in the state of Washington, according to Marchex, cursed the least, using profanity during one of every 300 conversations. Ohioans, however, used swear words in one of about every 150 telephone conversations.

MAYBE it's a good thing - for Ohioans - that report is derived from recorded telephone conversations and doesn't include everyday conversations.

Possibly, most of us should make a special New Year's resolution to improve our language and our manners.

 
 

 

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