I worked in an open plan office alongside my boss who was a lay preacher and pulled me up for swearing. As a senior manager I was not in the habit of colouring my language with swear words but I was sometimes very stressed and venting through expressing a few swear words out loud did make me feel better. I was not swearing at any one just in frustration and annoyance at the situation, a bit like if I hit my thumb with a hammer, only the pain was not self inflicted but usually some decision or statement from above. So I read with interest that a local authority was considering banning the use of abusive and offensive language in public.
The idea of banning something is classic local authority thinking as if simple making the decision would mean it happens. Who would enforce the ban and how? Wouldn't it just lead to more bad language, more angry exchanges and aggressive confrontations?
If a local authority did introduce such a ban presumable they would take a dim view of staff swearing. If you can't swear at work, can't smoke at work and can't drink at work and you can no longer send humorous emails to colleagues well what the ***!!!! can you do?