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Thursday, October 18, 2021

In response to findings from the University of East Anglia that say cursing in the workplace promotes employee stress-relief and team-building, all I can say is…

Wait for it…

FUCK YEAH! Finally, a work-related program I can fucking well get with.

Oh, shit shoot. I’m not currently at work. So I guess I should desist with the foul language.

What am I saying? I’m a consultant, damn it. I’m always working. Damn right. Damn hell ass kings right.

With that out of the way:

This reminds me of a specific cursing-related workplace incident, when I was in the newspaper biz, on the St. Petersburg Times sports desk. A new copy editor had joined the staff, bringing with him a professional but decidedly rough-around-the-edges demeanor. Even in a room filled with daily deadline pressures, where swear words flew with fair frequency, his foul mouth stood out.

Apparently, what was tolerable on the paper’s third floor wasn’t kosher on the second floor, where the physical paste-up of pages took place. One night, said editor took his turn downstairs to help manage the flow of stories. It was a typically hairy night of right-up-against deadline scrambling, with a few dozen mini-crises to resolve.

At one point, a phone call came from the paste-up area. Apparently, the editor let loose freely with his blue language, not specifically toward anyone but at the situation in general. The result was a shell-shocked group of paste-up artists, who were sufficiently rattled that they requested someone else come down as a substitute.

It was the only time in my several years with the paper that I remember language being an incident. I found it pretty funny, as I came into the field expecting the pressure-valve spewing to be part of the terrain.

Anyway. That copy editor didn’t last very long. I don’t think his propensity for cursing necessarily did him in. As for the rest of us, we kept up our own four-lettered pace. And I have to say, it did serve as a bit of a bonding agent, especially when we’d get a laugh out of a particularly well-delivered profanity.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/18/2007 11:17:30 PM
Category: Business, Publishing, Society
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