Thursday, 18 October 2007

Hell, yeah!

A new study found that swearing at work boosts team spirit and morale. I've always been a fan of being able to swear in the office (keeping in mind that there are inappropriate times to do so and excessive swearing is uncalled for), because it's a good verbal way to let off steam when your computer crashes on deadline. Not to mention some words are just more expressive. These are often the words that will get you fined by the FCC.

It is interesting to note that the study was done by the University of East Anglia. That's interesting because it's a UK university, and you have fewer evangelical Christians in the UK (at least that's the perception I get). And those are the folks most likely to act like you sucker punched a toddler if you curse in their presence. Meaning I'd bet cursing at work is more likely to get you odd looks in the U.S. than the UK, which may be why a study done here found positive results from cursing (you can always spin a study). I could be wrong on that, but either way, I like working somewhere that it's OK to use the full range of your vocabulary -- warty words and all.

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