The use of profanity in the workplace to let off steam or tell a joke is still frowned upon and could offend co-workers or existing and potential clients.
While some industries tolerate the use of obscenities and vulgar language, limiting your salty tongue is recommended even at happy hours or other informal gatherings.
"Profanity is best left outside the office," said April Masini, an advice and relationship columnist and author based in New York. "When in doubt, be conservative and use your vocabulary skills — there are many words that you can substitute for the F word, the A word, the B word, the C word, the S word — Why risk offending someone? Just keep it clean."
Etiquette experts and labor attorneys recommend using common sense and good judgement even if President Donald Trump partakes with phrases like the twelve-letter Oedipal expletive and an expressed desire to"bomb the sh*t out of ISIS." Anthony Scaramucci, the outspoken former White House communications director, even admitted in a tweet that he "sometimes use colorful language." I will refrain in this arena …," he added, after using extremely vulgar language in a New Yorker interview that included references to auto-fellatio.
Uttering the occasional f-bomb at work is not deemed to be vulgar language if the intent is not abusive or derogatory and does not occur in front of customers, said Thomas Nguyen, a partner and co-founder of Peli Peli, a Houston-based South African restaurant group.
"If someone says, 'It's f*cking awesome,' I get excited because it must be awesome," he said. "If people cuss, I'm O.K. with that as long as they aren't trying to offend someone."