You know that long-held belief that Canadians are way nicer than Americans? Turns out it’s totally valid.
McMaster linguists recently analyzed millions of geo-tagged Tweets and discovered that, to no one’s surprise, Canadians tend to be a “pretty polite, happy bunch of tweeters.”
Even though Americans and Canadians gravitate towards the same shows, listen to the same music and wear the same clothes, the way we communicate about those things varies wildly. For example, the most common words Canadian tweeters posted were pleasant terms like “great,” “amazing,” “beautiful” and “favourite.” Of course, there was also a sprinkling of “Leafs,” “Habs,” “hockey” and “eh.”
South of the border though, things tend to get a little more, er, “raunchy,” according to researchers.
To be honest, we can’t actually print most of the favoured American terms, which included a host of curse words, off-colour slang and even a racial slur. The words we can actually print include “hate,” “hell,” “hurt” and “annoying.” You can actually see the results here (America is on the left):
Notice how researchers actually had to blur out some of America’s most common word choices? Guess there’s only one thing us Canadians can say in response to that: