Me: "Do you think I've never heard these words before? Do you think I've never said these words before?"
Him: "But not at full volume in a library."
Me: "I work in a library and have for years. Of course I've said those words at full volume in a library."
Him: *laughing, obviously more relaxed*I wasn't lying just to make him feel better (although I will admit I might have, given similar circumstances). I do cuss at work. Not as much as I used to, now that I'm the Head Cheese in Charge (of a very small library), but [expletive] happens. There are the occasional expletives of frustration. I've also been known to throw a few choice bits into conversations with students who I know well (and who I know won't have a heart attack). There's even, from time to time, a certain hand gesture that could be mistaken for someone miming rolling dice, but that is actually something quite rude.
The thing is, most people I know use off-color language at least occasionally. Also, almost nobody I know gets really gets offended at these words; they just get offended on behalf of others. Besides, if they can say "ass" on prime time television, I figure I can say it in my library once in a while.
How about you? Do you keep it 100% clean? Or are you known to cuss?
And because no discussion of this type is truly complete without a word or two (or seven) from George Carlin...