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December 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Explore this: Language diversity map of King County

What language do you speak when you’re at home? For one out of five Americans, it’s not English, according to the latest census data. Our interactive map below ranks every census tract in King County by the percentage of residents who don’t speak English at home. The areas in white are below the national average of 20 percent, while areas in blue are…


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May 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Study: Washington the least foul-mouthed state in the U.S.


Cloud halo forms over Mt. Rainier (Photo: Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

Your mother would be proud.

According to a new study, folks from Washington are less likely to use obscenities that anybody else in the country.

The study, conducted by Seattle-based mobile-advertising firm Marchex, took a novel approach.  Using speech-recognition technology known as “call mining,” the company gathered data from recorded telephone calls between customers and businesses around the U.S.  Conversations were scanned for polite words, like “please” and “thank you,” as well as curse words (use your imagination).


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