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Strabane is the last word in tweets full of bad language

By Adam Sherwin

Why are people so !*&%$@ angry in Strabane? That is the question many will ask after a survey of the bad language used on Twitter found the Co Tyrone town's residents were the fifth most likely to swear in the UK.

The worst was Redcar, the Yorkshire seaside resort previously famed for its racecourse and steelworks.

Scientists at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (Casa) at University College London investigated patterns of profanity by monitoring tweets sent from smartphones with geo-location switched on, from the week beginning 28 August.

The F-word was the most featured swear word in all of the tweets collected over the course of the week, although it only accounted for 2.16% of tweets, the study found. Three Scottish regions – Clackmannanshire, East Ayrshire and Falkirk – follow Redcar on the "profanometer".

Strabane was the only place in Northern Ireland in the Top 10.

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