Re: OT: Profanity in the workplace

Subject: Re: OT: Profanity in the workplace
From: voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Wade Courtney <wade -dot- courtney -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 13:01:13 -0500

It took me a while to figure out what cheese and rice meant.

Friggin, et. c. are just words of extreme emphasis (I'm assuming that they
are used as adjectives or adverbs) and those don't bother me, just as the
british adjective of emphasis "bloody" bothers me. Using those as verbs,
however, does offend me.

BS/Crap depends on the context - if used to describe some item that "does
not work as advertised with extreme prejudice" or an obvious gross falsehood
- I think it falls under "plain talk"

When such provocative language is used as part of an ad hominem attack, I
don't approve of that usage under any circumstances.

But if a 3 year old proclaims "sh*t!" when her ice cream falls from her cone
onto the pavement, I'll laugh along with her granmother and not bat an eye.

But I worked as the lone female engineer in an R&D lab for a long time, and
cursing is par for the course when you've been debugging hardware for 10
hours straight and stuff blows up or doesn't work.

-Wendy


On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 3:14 PM, Wade Courtney <wade -dot- courtney -at- gmail -dot- com>wrote:

> Is it really the word that's offensive or the intent behind it. For
> Example:
>
> Cheese and Rice
> Friggin, fricken, and freaking
> BS
> Crap
> Byotch
> G*d Bless America
>
> I've said all of these, my intent was the same as if I had said the actual
> curse word. I mean really, none of these are foul, but the intent behind
> them might be.
>
> Just saying.
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> On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 11:57 AM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
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>
> > AFAIC the use of this particular profanity constitutes religious
> > harassment.
> > I don't like to hear other profanities used in our mixed workplace, but
> the
> > one Kat cited is particularly offensive.
> >
> > I've also complained to a listener-supported Internet radio station I've
> > listened to for years about this, e.g., Grateful Dead's *Uncle John's
> > Band*.
> > In the case of the station, they can afford to do what they like. But in
> > the
> > workplace, I would certainly let the offender know that use of that
> > profanity is unacceptable.
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References:
RE: OT: Profanity in the workplace: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: OT: Profanity in the workplace: From: Chris Morton
Re: OT: Profanity in the workplace: From: Wade Courtney

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