1. Linguists at McMaster University have crunched the numbers, and it turns out Canadians really are nicer and more upbeat than Americans, at least on Twitter.
These two word clouds show the most commonly used words by Americans (on the left) and Canadians (on the right).
Two PhD candidates, Daniel Schmidtke and Bryor Snefjella, sorted through about three million geo-tagged tweets from 2015 to get these results.
2. You may notice that the American results are partially blurred, because there were so many cuss words. Still, you can make out some other favourites like “hell,” “damn,” and “hate.”
Yep, there’s definitely some “shit” and “ass” in there.
3. The Canadian cloud, meanwhile, is dominated by upbeat, positive words like “great,” “amazing,” “gorgeous,” and “favourite.”
Also: “habs,” “raptors,” and “leafs.”
“We could see the difference between the two countries’ tweets as soon as we created a word cloud of the findings,” Schmidtke told McMaster Daily News.