Here's a case of people in the government who obviously do not have enough to do. From the Toledo Blade (July 31):
Area employers urged to forbid foul language Policies prohibiting foul language and swearing were recommended by leaders of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's district office in Cleveland who spoke to 150 human resources managers, union representatives, and legal aid workers at a seminar in downtown Toledo yesterday.
This is my favorite quote:
"If you can't find words more expressive, you might not have the intellect to work here" is the phrase district director Michael Fetzer said he has used with violators.
Having served in the military, "more expressive" generally means I use multiple cuss words (the longer and more creative the string of them, the better).
Most people consider me to be a smart guy. (One ex-boss of mine even called me "scary-smart".) If I don't have the intellect to work there, my boss most certainly would not. If I'm cussing about something, I've picked the words I'm using deliberately. They say exactly what I mean and no one around me misunderstands what I'm saying.
My opinion of the Cleveland EEOC can be summed up with two words: Fucking morons!
Update: David Bernstein at the Volokh Conspiracy also has a post on the Toledo Blade article. Regarding the EEOC's actions, he says: "An employer may certainly choose to ban such language on its own initiative. But for the government to tell them to do so, or to pursue harassment claims based on protected speech, violates the First Amendment."
Did I mention that I *love* the Volokh Conspiracy?