RE: OT: Profanity in the workplace

Subject: RE: OT: Profanity in the workplace
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 14:54:57 -0500



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan Goldstein


> Actually, someone else brought up intentions. I said that the offense
> depends also on the situation and the people within hearing. You can
> offend a reasonable person even when you have the best of intentions.

Well, you can CERTAINLY offend an UNreasonable person, entirely
independently of your intentions.

Offense Theft... yadda-yadda.

Some people, it's difficult _not_ to offend - they come primed
to take offense... pre-offended, as it were.


But I agree that it is possible to offend a reasonable person
without having intended to do so.

I am reminded of Oscar Wilde's take on the matter:
"A gentleman never offends unintentionally."

Not being a perfect gentleman, I occasionally offend without
intending to. If it's brought to my attention, I immediately
apologize. If my apology is not instant, then you might
still receive it, but you should doubt its sincerity. :-)

Ahem.


- Kevin


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References:
Re: OT: Profanity in the workplace: From: Deborah Hemstreet
RE: OT: Profanity in the workplace: From: Al Geist
RE: OT: Profanity in the workplace: From: Leonard C. Porrello
RE: OT: Profanity in the workplace: From: Dan Goldstein

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