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Cursing can relieve work related stress

Researchers in the U.K. say " taboo language" makes workplace tolerable

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007

Updated: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 15:09

Stress at work is not an uncommon problem for many people. To help relieve that stress, people have resorted to exercise, coffee, sports, etc. But one method that seems to really help is just swearing like a sailor. While this tactic is usually frowned upon, it now seems that is the best way to relieve stress and boost friendship among coworkers. According to an article on entitled, "Researchers at University of East Anglia in Norwich, U.K. conducting a leadership study found the use of "taboo language" made the workplace more tolerable, according to Australia's Daily Telegraph."

In this article, Yehunda Baruch said, "Taboo language serves the needs of people for developing and maintaining solidarity and as a mechanism to cope with stress."

Baruch warned that attempts to prevent workers from swearing could have a negative impact, but stressed that swearing in front of customers is not a good idea.

This is the best thing to happen to people since the invention of the automatic vacuum. With expletives being tossed around more than ever, it's almost nice that these words are no longer taboo.

How much longer will it be before it is okay to print curse words in a publication?

On television, if you slap a M.A. rating on it and place it on late at night, then you can say almost every word in the book. Thank you South Park. The only word that you can't say at all unless you are HBO is the word that replaces the middle finger.

Baruch also added in the article, "Managers need to understand how their staff feels about swearing. The challenge is to master the art of knowing when to turn a blind eye to communication that does not meet with their own standards."

What works for one company may not work exactly the same for a different company. For example, a business in the south near the "Bible Belt" may not use cursing to relieve their stress while a company in New York or anywhere else might use curse words as they should be: in an everyday conversation.

Picture, if you will, the next meeting between employers and their boss. It's been a busy and stressful week, so to air it all out, one employee just blurts out a few cuss words to relieve it. I think that would be very funny to sit in on and watch.

Sam Pierce is a junior journalism major from Little Rock. You can reach him at

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