Have you ever wondered which Australian state or territory has the foulest mouth?
Dental brand Oral-B has conducted a survey of swearing in Australia as part of its ‘Clean Up Your Mouth Campaign’, and the findings are telling.
The full report included national and regional statistics about swearing.
It revealed West Australians are the most mild-mannered of the lot of us, and rarely swear – unless watching sport.
The study found South Australia to be the most potty-mouthed.
Which Australians swear the most?
The survey found the average Australian drops an expletive around seven times per day.
Twenty-nine per cent of South Australians swear more than 16 times per day, while 54 per cent of West Australian residents swear less than five times per day.
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Eighteen per cent of locals out west claim they don’t swear at all.
The study also found men swear more than women and that Australians don’t swear to cause offence.
Rather, 54 per cent of us do it to relieve tension and 24 per cent use bad language for comedic effect.
Why do we swear?
“Swearing has many different functions, it can be used to signal frustration, to emphasise emotion, or to show solidarity,” says Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Macquarie University Dr Nick Wilson.
“People have different viewpoints on swearing depending on their age and background.
“For some people it is part of their identity, for others it is deeply offensive.”
The survey found that everyday tasks cause us to swear the most.
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Forty-one per cent of Aussies swear while driving, which was the number one cause of bad language.
Household chores were the second most expletive-inducing activity, with 34 per cent of Aussies dropping an F-bomb while cleaning.
Our partners are also triggers for us to turn the air blue.
Thirty two per cent of us admit to swearing when arguing with a partner, as well as when watching the news, social media, or just being at work.