These are some facts and figures based on the results collected between June 4 2013 to January 12 2014
If you want to find out more about what this is, or see some live data, take a look at the home page.
For 223 days, I kept a beady eye on Twitter to track the usage of each of the '7 dirty words': shit, piss. fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits. The grand total of Tweets counted, came to a whopping 785,838,705 Roughly 40.79 per second. So vulgar.
That's 2.5 Tweets per American, 12.3 per person in the UK, or 9,300 for everyone on the Isle of Man.
If each Tweet were a delicious finger of a Twix bar, there would be enough to wrap around the world twice.
Totals per word
It goes without saying that 'shit' and 'fuck' were by far the most used, commanding 95% of the overall total between them.
49.75% of the total
1,753,315 per day
45.22% of the total
1,593,559 per day
Out of the other 5 words the biggest surprise for me was that 'cunt' edged out 'tits' in popularity; oh and people just don't use 'cocksucker' much at all.
- Piss 15,584,573 (1.983%) 69,886 p/d
- Cunt 10,669,953 (1.358%) 47,847 p/d
- Cocksucker 137,313 (0.017%) 616 p/d
- Motherfucker 3,539,171 (0.450%) 15,871 p/d
- Tits 9,554,846 (1.216%) 42,847 p/d
Weekly word usage
A look at the highs and lows of each word as the week progresses. 'Cocksucker''s galore on Wednesdays, 'piss' in abundance on Sundays, and Monday is very much the best day to spot a 'cunt'. (This graph is normalized based on averages and so on, so has no particular bearing on actual counts).
Wondering what the best/worst dates for each word were?
- Shit Aug 14 Jan 10
- Piss Jul 11 Jan 10
- Fuck Jul 5 Jan 10
- Cunt Dec 16 Nov 22
- Cocksucker Jul 17 Oct 29
- Motherfucker Aug 7 Jan 10
- Tits Jul 31 Jul 15
What can we learn from this? I have no idea. But January 10th, 2014 was a quiet day for swearing. It was also Frank Sinatra, Jr.'s birthday. Those 2 things may or may not be related.
Beyond the words individually, here are some sweary phrases that get used regularly.
More people "give a shit" 2,739,282 than "had a shit" 152,533, but many more people people actually "do shit" 3,666,437.
Plenty of people out there who "need a piss" 33,216, presumably because so many "take the piss" 328,901. Looking back though, only 10,295 "had a piss".
I have no idea if it works, but "let's fuck" 178,365 is quite popular as a straight to the point chat up line. The more polite "can we fuck" 64,415 is lagging, but I'd imagine, more successful(?) Either way, they're both miles behind a simple "fuck you" 36,814,477.
Nice to see "cunt face" 31,855 is reasonably widely used, but I do think that "cunt chops" is sadly lacking with only 2,722 uses.
Cocksucker is underperforming across the board, but when it does get used, it's not often direct and along the lines of "you cocksucker" 9,574 - instead adopting the tact of indirect claims of someone who "is a cocksucker" 27,694.
Conversely, "you motherfucker" pulls in 114,762, whereas "is a motherfucker" only manages 24,478.
Finally, who would have thought that "my tits" 1,137,514 would outperform "your tits" 940,109? Also, "big tits" 308,655 outweigh "small tits" 60,606, "nice tits" 168,890 and "great tits" 36,424 combined.
Reaction to big news stories
I'm fairly confident that Frank Sinatra, Jr.'s birthday did not in fact have any effect on the swear counts, but plenty of things did. Here are some key events from the date range, with some samples of what people were saying.
July 3rd - Egypt's President Morsi deposed
Quite a big event you would've thought, but 'Morsi' only received a paltry 1,451 (0.04% of the total that day) mentions. I'm guessing that's a limitation of only looking at English language Tweets.
celebration time, our country is free from ur shit #morsiisout— Ù†Ø§ØªØ§Ù„ÙŠ (@natsou_96) 2013-07-03 17:28:05
July 7th - Andy Murray wins Wimbledon
British people playing tennis are clearly much more important than deposed government regimes.. 40,466 (1.05%) hat-tips for this Scottish dude hitting a ball.
Murrays a cunt but he's playing good— Robbie Probets (@RobbieProbets) 2013-07-07 12:10:58
He his Scottish stop acting like tits with Murray on your England t shirts— Mike Woods (@coppergroin) 2013-07-07 04:15:11
Hope Murray knocks him self out with his racket the arrogant piece of shit— Rhianne Duke (@rhianneduke) 2013-07-07 10:10:36
'Murray is shit' eat your words dicks— Anna Hunter (@annahunter1996) 2013-07-07 12:12:32
July 14th - George Zimmerman found not guilty
45,596 (1.18%) slightly incredulous Tweets about Zimmerman, mostly along the lines of:
George Zimmerman better not come outside at night! People go fuck him up— . (@Ashli_Bhadd_) 2013-07-13 22:21:05
Zimmerman is not guilty!!!!!!! WHAT THE FUCK— Mayuana Bishhh (@MayRachell14) 2013-07-13 21:59:39
August 21st - chemical attack in Syria
Only 2,902 (0.08%) mentions for this. Slightly suprising, but again, could just be down to the language thing.
Holy shit! What the fuck is going on in Syria? Nerve gas on kidsâ€¦? Fucking animals— Paul (@Mudskipper_76) 2013-08-22 04:49:56
Holy shit, chemical weapons use in Syria by the government? Come on then UN, step up and take strong action for once.— Benjamin Woodcock (@BWoodcock93) 2013-08-22 17:09:49
Thankfully, some people were around to make sure Twitter concentrated on the real issues of the day.
Can we all stop posting on the fucked up situations in Egypt, Syria, Russia, & N. Carolina and write more shit about Ben Affleck? Thanks!— Steve Halasz (@Shalasz) 2013-08-23 12:47:45
Steve would be happy to know that Ben Affleck getting announced as the new Batman attracted 8 times as many mentions (22,694 - 0.6%) as the Syria thing. There's a lot of passion about who the Dark Knight is.
FUCK YOU BEN AFFLECK— Heisenberg (@MorrisMadness97) 2013-08-22 21:25:09
@BenAffleck You officially killed Batman. Fuck you asshole. That role is for Bale. I WAS looking forward to this but you fucked it up. Idiot— LÃ¶uie LÃ¼gosi (@LouieLugosi13) 2013-08-22 21:57:48
Ben Affleck is sexy as fuck maybe I will go watch batman now #hmm— Queen E (@emmexoticc) 2013-08-22 23:30:57
August 25th - Miley Cyrus at the VMA's
The first big event of my sample set; Miley twerking against Robin Thicke. A whopping 141,606 references. That's 3.82% of all the recorded swears for that day. Shake that ass.
Some of it was (sort of) good
Miley....... Holy shit why is she perfect— claireãƒ½(ï¿£Ð´ï¿£;)ãƒŽ=3 (@Clarbini) 2013-08-25 20:01:34
I ALWAYS HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL LOVE MILEY CYRUS FOREVER HOLY SHIT SHE JUST KILLED IT— Marissa (@maweeessa) 2013-08-25 21:20:13
@MileyCyrus 10/10 would bang. Fuck the haters.— steve hargett (@franticwalrus) 2013-08-26 01:09:17
Some not so much
My reaction to everything Miley Cyrus is doing: "WHAT THE FUCK?!"— Nicole Riedel âœŒ (@nicole_riedel) 2013-08-25 21:21:51
Miley ass is like my ferrari, oh shit i dont have a ferrari— Elijah marto (@Yo_girl_a_thot) 2013-08-25 21:24:35
Miley Cyrus needs to do us all a favor and Kill herself!..... really? What the fuck is up with your hair!?— Steven Ferreira (@Stevito518) 2013-08-25 21:25:07
Fuck off everybody. Miley for president.— Virna Pereira (@virnapereira) 2013-08-25 21:27:36
September 20th - iPhone 5s released
Not quite as popular as Miley, but 17,513 (0.5%) Tweets is a respectible showing for the latest Apple Shiny Thing.
Haha fuck I'm the first person in line for the iPhone 5s lmao I came to fucking early— Javier Molina (@therealjavi) 2013-09-20 05:03:03
What cunt would cue for 2 weeks for the iPhone 5s #Sadbastards— Dan (@Dann_Brown11) 2013-09-20 02:02:50
that iPhone finger sprint shit is tight but it's a government scandal— # WAVY # (@BullsInThe90s) 2013-09-20 22:32:32
Fuck yeah, just bought the Gold iPhone 5s!!— Daniel Sanchez (@dannysanchezds) 2013-09-20 03:29:24
October 1st - US Government shutdown
And people reckon there's no interest in politics(?) 106,477 (3.03%) exclamations of frustration at the government shutdown would suggest otherwise.
Well people.. The government is shut down. Good shit. Thats what happens when you have greedy cock sucking assholes running the government.— Tim (@T_Healyy) 2013-10-01 00:02:14
Shout out to the government for fucking us again. Shoulda bought us dinner first. Also, a shout out to the NSA, just because fuck you— Case Hansen (@Caseadilla30) 2013-10-01 00:05:31
Then again, maybe not
The government is shut down.....excuse me while I find a fuck to give— Follow_IGâž¡ (@cris_coke) 2013-10-01 00:03:43
Who the fuck needs the government when we have Netflix— Co/\//\/oR (@KaboboSimmons) 2013-10-01 00:20:03
November 15th - Batkid
Only 777 (0.02%) mentions for Batkid today, 99% of which were nice.
Make a wish foundation you are the tits. #batkid— dan jones (@dan8570) 2013-11-16 00:10:48
Just now saw and read all the #BatKid stuff and that shit was beautiful man. Just shows that people care about other people.— the.incredible.Bulk (@Dr_Frankenshine) 2013-11-16 13:55:50
Yet there were still some people who somehow took umbridge.
This batkid thing is nice and all but who really gives a fuck ?— The Green Ranger (@wetsocksteve) 2013-11-16 13:16:04
OK im an asshole...i think this whole #batkid thing is ridiculous!!! Like hey million other kids with cancer "fuck you"— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesComedy) 2013-11-16 19:53:01
December 5th - death of Nelson Mandela
36,736 (1.09%) Tweets mentioning Mandela. The vast majority of those were along the lines of 'shit, Mandela is dead' but some people just.. I don't know.. how the fuck do some people actually exist?
Guys. Fuck the Carlton dance. Nelson Mandela has just died.— Assay Hagos (@Assay_Hagos419) 2013-12-05 16:48:17
Mandela has literally done fuck all to affect my life. Good guy and shit but I don't know why everyone is pretending to be heart broken.— Gregor (@gregordonnelly) 2013-12-05 18:02:20
My buddy said at least the Mandela death will take all this Paul Walker shit out of the news. I agree with him.— medfly70 (@medfly70) 2013-12-05 16:54:14
As sad as I'm sure it is for some people, who the fuck is Nelson Mandela— mike burk (@Mike_burk311) 2013-12-05 18:08:25
December 25th & 31st
Wrapping up the year were the 2 biggest swear invoking events; Christmas and New Years Eve. The birthday of baby Jesus attracted 595,699 swears, which paled in comparison to the 1,089,119 associated with NYE. (16.45% & 30% of the daily swears respectively). Clearly, people are so jaded by this celebration stuff.
Fuck this Christmas... idgaf.— k.âœŒï¸ (@BadBitchim) 2013-12-25 00:03:45
My mom is such a little cunt for no reason today. Bitch it's Christmas— âœ (@ThaFuckk) 2013-12-25 12:39:36
Great. Salvation Army, now I can feel guilty as well. Christmas is shit, it's not like they're missing out on anything— Juan Matthews (@radnovocaine) 2013-12-25 07:10:10
Always have to go up the fucking pub with the fam on Christmas Day, it's soooo shit— Tom Schofield (@TomSchofield7) 2013-12-25 06:46:54
Why do people feel the need to tweet loads of depressing shit on christmas lighten up fuck— Zomboy (@XC0NN0R) 2013-12-25 08:08:19
Just got some Christmas titties. Lmao!! I didn't think she'd really do that shit.— DJ_OHBoy_330 (@THC_EST19xx) 2013-12-25 12:39:32
OMG here we go whn people start w the whole "it's a new year new you" shit. Lol— â‰§â˜®â—¡â˜®â‰¦ â„“iNgâ£ (@arlinggg) 2013-12-31 11:30:41
No one actually fkn said new year new me fuuuuuckin fuck the fuck up— T-raw (@TashaGilmartin) 2013-12-31 11:32:40
Don't see the point in gettin hyped up about New Years when half you gon still be broke with no ambition & still not do shit with your life— Lisette (@BiggDaddyLiss) 2013-12-31 13:20:23
Fuck new years... i just wanna go to bed :(— Vicky â™¡ (@vickysnowdon) 2013-12-31 13:35:20
sat outside a Chinese at 10 to 7 with nothing to do on New Years Eve, what the fuck is life anymore— aiddd (@aiden_white123) 2013-12-31 13:51:59
regardless what your resolution is for 2014, sit back, chill and enjoy the shit out of this new year! #EmbraceTheChange— B A R T O L I (@itsBARTTT) 2013-12-31 23:58:49
Last, but not least, a quick look at how the Tweets were spread across the world.
Because of the sheer volume of Tweets, I'm finding it slightly tricky to plot them on a map without causing some sort of catastrophic meltdown somewhere. So, for now, here is a visualisation of all the [geocoded] Tweets made between 9am and 12pm on Christmas Day. It's just a sample of what I hope to do more of. Do get in touch if you have experience working with maps and millions of locations!