Why cursing could curtail your career path, quick
Found this article via Princeton One at LinkedIn.
I have to say I totally agree with this, especially with the comment that media consultant Phil Cooke says paraphrasing Jerry Seinfeld. I have found that I had more respect for my fellow professionals if they rarely–if ever–would swear. Those who use profanity often have not earned the same respect from me, no matter how capable they are. This concept is something that has been ingrained in me since I was very young. My mother owned her own employment agency for years, so she understood the value of not cursing and putting on your best behavior at all times. Such behavior provides a much more favorable impression. This is something that my husband and I are trying to teach our son as well. The worst that comes out of our mouths at home are "crap", "damn", and "hell", although those are usually slips of the tongue for us (usually me more than my husband). Of all curse words out there, those are not the worst.
As technical communicators, this is still something we should be conscious of as well. While we may not use profanity in our writing, we should use the same care in our spoken language as we do with our written language. It really can make the difference in the impression people will have of you.
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