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Workplace Profanity: The New Normal? [AUDIO]

Is profanity in the workplace evolving into an everyday occurrence? There are some divided opinions on this topic.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, star of “The Wolf of Wall Street” (Kevin Winter, Getty Images)

The movie “The Wolf of Wall Street” contains the F-bomb 506 times, a new record. Some business insiders say they hear language that author George Bernard Shaw’s character Henry Higgins might say “would make a sailor blush.”

But business etiquette expert Barbara Pachter of Cherry Hill takes a different view.

“If you need to let something out,” Pachter said, “can’t you come up with a better phrase, a better word, than a curse word?”

And Pachter cautions the other usage, cursing specifically at someone, is never acceptable on the job.

“Being aggressive in the workplace, screaming at people, putting them down, cursing at people, is just not acceptable,” Pachter said. “That is just rude, and there are lots of other ways to express your frustration instead of cursing at people.”

Pachter said that just raises the stress level in the workplace.

One school of thought actually suggests that combined with humor, carefully selected profanity can actually be a workplace stress reliever. However, Pachter does not buy into that theory.

Another expert believes Type A personalities are more inclined to utilize profanity and strong workplace language.

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