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The Etiquette Edge by Beverly Langford

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CHAPTER 5

What the $%#*!& Is Going On Here?

Should We Put a Leash on Our Language?

From the beach to the boardroom, and everywhere in between, our sound waves sizzle with curse words, sexual references, and crude colloquialisms. In business, social, and institutional settings, it sometimes seems that anything goes when it comes to what we say. In her current research at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, Dr. Carol White has found that even the hallowed halls of academia ring with an unmistakable increase in cursing, references to the human anatomy, and offensive slang, among both students and faculty. Among students who responded to her survey, 47 percent saw nothing wrong with cursing in class. When you consider the proliferation ...

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