“Swearing at Work and Permissive Leadership Culture: When Anti-Social Becomes Social and Incivility is Acceptable,” Yehuda Baruch and Stuart Jenkins, Leadership & Organization Development Journal, vol. 28, no. 6, 2007, pp. 492-507. (Thanks to Nina-May Haydon for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at the University of East Anglia, explain that:
The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of expletives and swearing in the workplace. This paper identifies the relevance, and even the importance, of using non-conventional and sometimes uncivil language in the workplace.
(That’s an excerpt from the article “Soft Is Hard,” Published in AIR 14:2.)