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Should you swear at work?

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Why cursing could curtail your career path, quick

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

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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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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