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To Cuss Or Not To Cuss?
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To Cuss Or Not To Cuss?

You’re feeling pretty comfortable in your workplace now – you’ve been there for a bit and your boss seems to dig what you’re doing. It’s time to learn about the scale of office offenses…what could get you canned and what’s passable.

While your co-workers will probably hate you for it, you’re not likely to get fired over eating someone else’s lunch. And, kicking the copier when it doesn’t quite work correctly may land you in some anger management seminars, but it’s probably not going to cost you your job.

So, what about an occasional curse word here and there? Or, even persistent cussing?

Ask yourself a few simple questions:

Does your boss curse?
Do any of your co-workers curse?
Do you really need curse words to make your point?

If you answered “no” to even just one of these questions, you should refrain from cursing in your place of employment.

Of course, there are times when one or two might slip out (the intern stapled your report the wrong way or your carefully-prepared lunch is a 30-minute commute away in your fridge at home). No worries – everyone falls prey to a little slip-up now and again.

But, consider finding alternatives to the curse words you’re accustomed to dropping in your personal life. We are partial to “What the what?” Aside from the awesome 30 Rock reference, it’s just plain funny on its own. We also like the substitution of presidential names. “Oh, snap! I made that presentation my Buchanan!” Shows you’re educated too.

And, of course, nonsense (within reason) is always a solid substitute. “What is this squash you’ve put together for our meeting? I’m going to have to rewrite this whole fudgesicle myself!”

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