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Watch your %$@#*# mouth at work

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Is it OK to curse at work? Of course not. Yet many people still do it anyway.

"Do not use the 'F-bomb'. Do not use big curse words like that," advised Kevin Connell of the background check company

Connell says that employers used swearing as the reason for firing someone 38 percent of the time.

It's a lesson former Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz learned first-hand when she got fired from the company. Her biggest regret? Using the F-word so often.

It's a bad thing when the boss curses, but is it cool or not cool for the president to use the whole "B.S.-ing" statement he made in Rolling Stone?

"I'm talking language that cannot be used on television, that that would be offensive to his constituents," offered Connell.

How many of us have witnessed cursing with our own eyes? In football games, you can often see the coaches mouthing that foul language even if they're not wearing a microphone. Yet, on and off the field, an occasional curse word here or there can make others feel like you're part of the team.

"It's like, OK, this person is a regular person, this person used a choice word," Connell explained.

It can even be a motivator. Take Al Pacino's speech in the film "Any Given Sunday."

"That's gonna make the f$%^&^%&* difference between winning and losing!" he told the team, right before they erupted in cheers.

Tabitha Butler argued, "Cursing is not Godly."

Warren Fissell agreed, saying, there may be a few exceptions. "Banging your finger, I could say something, you know?"

"It's usually a sign that you don't have very good vocabulary if you can't come up with something better to say," offered Courtney Erickson.

"Does it happen? Yes," John Harris admitted. "Have I done it? I'm sure I have. Hell yes!"

All jokes aside, Connell said, when in doubt, watch your mouth at work.

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