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DC Employees Ranked Most Likely to Drop an F-Bomb at Work
According to a recent survey, District employees don’t hold their tongues—or watch their mouths—while on the job. By Maya Rhodan
Do you swear at work? According to a recent survey, 62 percent of you would say yes. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Comments () | Published August 14, 2012

The Washington area is home to a great many very smart people. But apparently these folks don’t always use what we assume are fairly extensive vocabularies when it comes to expressing emotion at work.

We may rank second in coolness and third in rudeness, but there’s one area where the good people of the District reign supreme—the use of colorful language at work.

According to a recent survey from CareerBuilder and Harris Interactive, 62 percent of DC employees admitted to regularly using a word or two they’d avoid saying in front of Grandma while on the job. The second most foul-mouthed city was Denver, with 60 percent of employees reporting they used colorful language, and Chicago rounded off the top three with a solid 58 percent.

A number of factors could contribute to our area’s employees failing to pardon their French. Maybe it’s the pressures of working in government. Maybe we’re less inclined to use our 10-cent words to express our emotions. Or maybe it’s just that sh*t is f***ed up and we’re not afraid to say it.

Unfortunately for those of us with mouths like sailors, according to the survey most of the participants believe the use of curse words at work displays a lack of professionalism, maturity, and intelligence.

Which means it may be time to get more creative.

What do you think of this s**t? Let us know in the comments.

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  • It's interesting. Fed employees tend to be more secure in their positions "job security", and are more comfortable interacting with their coworkers with a more natural communication style because there is not really anyone to impress with all of the transparency involved in hiring and promotions. But overall, they tend to be more politically correct than private industry. There are so many issues - an otherwise seemingly casual mention of hair texture could be interpreted as statement of racial prejudice/creation of a "hostile work environment" in certain contexts - elsewhere such micro-aggressions are widely tolerated and even accepted as normal; saying "God Bless You" that no one would even give a second thought in any other area, a Fed employee might have to consider its appropriateness several times a day. A good thing in either situation - no need to offend people unnecessarily, but for some, it can be a struggle. So...there is something to "not afraid to say it" to me...coupled with the unique government environment, that creates a bit of a schizophrenia.

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