Study: Language Used On Twitter Reveals How Different Slang Spreads Across The Country

Study: Language Used On Twitter Reveals How Different Slang Spreads Across The Country
World
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

It has been suggested that the majority of slang in the United States originated in African American communities, and now a study of Twitter has pinpointed which communities are responsible for which slang.

The study confirms the long-held view that African-American slang, with words such as cool and dig, has a strong influence on the rest of the population.

A study of around 40 million tweets provides valuable insight into the use of new slang across the United States, explaining how terms such as “bruh” and the emoticon “-_-” can spread from region to region over time.

Jacob Eisenstein at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and his colleagues examined millions of tweets sent from locations in the U.S. between December 2009 and May 2011 to find out where these popular slang words originated, and how they migrated across the country.

The study found that certain regions, including Atlanta, Southern California and New York, are hotbeds for new slang terms, and that those cities often share and exchange slang words.

“Bruh,” for example, originated in the Southeast and eventually jumped to Southern California.

The emoticon “-_-”, which implies indifference or mild annoyance, began in New York and Florida before leaping to Arizona and Texas.

Residents of Cleveland, Ohio, were the first to use “ctfu”, an abbreviation of “cracking the fuck up”, which has since spread into Pennsylvania.

The results of the study are preliminary findings, and do not necessarily reflect the broader spectrum of the population, as Twitter has a higher rate of adoption by African Americans than other ethnic groups, and the results thus may be skewed.

Jordan Shepherd | Elite.

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Julian Sonny

From the sandy beaches of Hawaii, to the streets of New York: Julian has seen it all. His lifetime of travels has given him a broad scope of knowledge and an eclectic taste unlike any other in the tri-state area. Julian has often been compared to cultural icon, The Rock, because of his unequivocal work ethic and warrior-like stature.

More In World

World Alexia LaFata

Over 160 Children Have Died While Building ‘Terror Tunnels’ For Hamas

Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, 31 tunnels leading into Israel have been discovered — and a 2012 paper blames Hamas and relentless child labor for their creation. A paper in the Journal of Palestine Studies reports that Hamas is responsible for 160 children dying while digging “terror tunnels” under Gaza. Author Nicholas Pelham monitored police […]

Also On Elite

Humor

If You Have A Fear Of Fish, You Probably Shouldn’t Tell People About It (Video)

If you have a fear of something, the last thing you want to do is tell your friends about it, especially when it’s incredibly irrational (as most phobias are). There’s a chance they’ll understand and want to help, but there’s a much greater chance they’ll use it to torture you for their own amusement. Ichthyophobia […]

Life

Living For Likes: 5 Ways Insecure People Use Social Media

There’s no way to deny it: Social media is a huge part of our daily lives. It’s a useful tool to connect millions of individuals around the world and it’s great for sharing opinions and thoughts about, well, basically anything. While it’s true that social media allows for a lot of freedom, it’s also true […]

Life

8 Common Misconceptions Of Bisexuality That Need To Be Gone

People who identify as bisexual may seem twice as likely to be pursued by someone awesome, fall in love and live happily ever after, but in reality, it means twice as many mismatches to sift through in the dating game. Women and men can be equal opportunity jerks and nothing can save you from heartache […]

Dating

Addressing The Ever-Perplexing Question, Can Men And Women Be Just Friends?

It’s a question that we’ve all faced at least once in our lives, and it divides opinions like the general public’s preferences on Marmite: Can men and women be just friends? I’ve met people who swear that men and women can never just be friends and that something more must be going on if they’re […]