F#@* an A! Cussing improves productivity, morale!

cussing.jpgSince I’ve been known to cuss a bit, even when things don’t go wrong, this news lifted my spirits. Yep, the world is changing, and it’s getting more friendly for those who use salty language. Researchers from the University of East Anglia have the data to support it.

According to the AFP story, “Regular swearing at work can help boost team spirit among staff, allowing them to express better their feelings as well as develop social relationships….”

Furthermore, the researchers predict that “swearing would become more common as traditional taboos are broken down, but the key appeared to be knowing when such language was appropriate and when to turn to blind eye.” The article goes on to say that cursing “helped foster solidarity among employees and express frustration, stress or other feelings.”

Hot damn, this is welcome news — especially for you HR and Internal Comm folks, eh? As for me, I plan to test it at next week’s faculty meeting by telling at least one person that they’re full of s#@&. Wish me luck.

I know, I know. Swearing in the workplace is uncivil, and a sure sign of a declining civilization. But I’m reminded of a cute little rhyme my dad used to recite when I was a kid. Let’s see if I can recall it:

Rickety, rackety russ. We ain’t supposed to cuss. But damn it to hell, it sounds so swell, we absolutely must!

Unlike many of the A-list bloggers, I don’t use offensive curse words in my writings (though I do link to them). Truth be known, I would if my mom and dad weren’t regular readers. Yeah, they’re the ones.

If you don’t share my enthusiasm for profanity in the workplace, I invite you to click to “About Me” and check out my “favorite retort.” I wrote it for you.

And lighten up. It’s almost Friday!

Update 10/25: This guy gets it!

11 Responses to F#@* an A! Cussing improves productivity, morale!

  1. Kelli Koch says:


    After dealing with my own blog tonight, I did my fair share of cursing. My family seemed confused as to why I was yelling at the computer and not the Indians game.
    I do believe swearing is a great way to express yourself, but I am not sure if it’s the best way to boost or develop social relatoinships.
    Good luck at next week’s faculty meeting!

  2. Shelley Prisco says:

    I have to agree that swearing can be great comic relief in stressful situations. That’s dependent on the circumstances, of course. I’ve experienced it being a comic relief during school stress and the dumb asses that I come across on a regular basis. Yes, Ashtabula has a lot of them.

  3. Breeze says:

    Now there’s an idea whose time has f–king come.

  4. sjanson says:

    I personally believe that there is a time and place for blue language.

    And that time and place is…anywhere and everywhere. Nothing can get a point across faster than a swear word. These words express so much; it is a shame that people are looked down upon for using them in America.

  5. Allison says:

    See…I knew dropping all those f-bombs wasn’t a bad idea.

  6. Bill Sledzik says:

    And the BF — he loves it when you talk dirty, right? There’s a blog post in that if you’re careful!

  7. E. Michael says:

    Awesome. Absolutely f—ing awesome.

    I’ve always been a big fan of swearing, and I’ve always had a hard time fully trusting someone who never does.

    Is it always appropriate? No, of course not. But not only can swearing build esprit de corps, its use can also help fully communicate your message to an appropriate audience.

    I remember my days as a UPS supervisor. The new kid comes on board, never worked a day in his life. He’s been hired to load the trailers. When the tactful, “I need you to load the trailer on door 12,” didn’t work, you could always count on an f-bomb deployment to help get the job done.

    Unfortunately, it’s the only thing some people understand.

  8. Steve says:

    I remember (difficult tho it may be) when in my PR internship in 1969, I accidentally let the f-bomb slip in the office. I was immediately sent to what was then called the “Personnel” office and given all kinds of horse s— about my inappropriate language. Imagine my unf—— real surprise when at the company Christmas party the same Personnel manager said some of the funniest f—— things I’ve ever heard said in public.

    Now, all these years later, scarcely a moment goes by in the office that somebody doesn’t call somebody a dumba– or says “brilliant f—— work!”

    People who don’t understand the humor … or the importance … of profanity can just go f— themselves.

  9. Alexia Harris says:

    I admit it: I curse. And often times it’s at the wrong place and around the wrong people, but it still makes me feel a little better about whatever BS I may be going through. The thing is, sometimes my daughter hears me and mocks what I say, which is not a good thing. At times I want to punish her, but I guess children go through their share of problems too.

    Good f-ing post!

  10. Matt S. says:

    Bill, great post. I saw a story on CBS’ Sunday Morning Show that discussed the same topic, but from an intelligence standpoint. The socioligist and Psychologist agreed that ones intelligence had nothing to do with the amount of curse words they used. They went on to argue that if they were used properly, it meant that the people who cursed were actually quite intelligent. Interesting! I agree though, it’s not exactly appropriate for pitching new clients or talking to politicians, but sometimes I feel like letting it roll just to get a reaction and defy protocol/etiquette. 🙂

  11. Bill Sledzik says:

    F&#* an A, right!

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