|Title||Cursing in English on Twitter|
|Publication Type||Conference Proceedings|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Wenbo Wang, Lu Chen, Krishnaprasad Thirunarayan, Amit Sheth|
|Conference Name||ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2014)|
|Conference Location||New York, NY|
|Keywords||Cursing, Emotion, Gender Difference, Profanity, Social Media, twitter|
Cursing is not uncommon during conversations in the physical world: 0.5% to 0.7% of all the words we speak are curse words, given that 1% of all the words are first-person plural pronouns (e.g., we, us, our). On social media, people can instantly chat with friends without face-to-face interaction, usually in a more public fashion and broadly disseminated through highly connected social network. Will these distinctive features of social media lead to a change in peopleÂs cursing behavior? In this paper, we examine the characteristics of cursing activity on a popular social media platform Â Twitter, involving the analysis of 51 million tweets and about 14 million users. In particular, we explore a set of questions that have been recognized as crucial for understanding cursing in offline communications by prior studies, including the ubiq uity, utility, and contextual dependencies of cursing.