Use Expletives. Get Promotion.
Want your boss to appreciate your suggestions? Then use this advice by scientists at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
The researchers found that statements sprinkled with expletives were significantly more likely to be believed than clean versions.
The study asked a group of 54 students whether they thought themselves more likely to believe a statement if it contained swearwords.
Both statements were rated more believable by the students given the four-letter versions. The denial statement with swearwords scored 5.2, compared with 4.2 for the sanitised version. The victim’s unexpurgated statement scored 6.3, compared with 5.1 for the one free of swearwords. The authors called the distinction “significant”, as swearwords were found to be more credible than the swearword-free testimonies. “Testimonies containing swearwords were perceived as more credible than swearword-free testimonies. Hence it is concluded that swearing increases believability of statements,” the authors said.
Now I know what to say the next time I meet my boss for an appraisal. And to take our learning further, here’s a fake mail from a Microsoft HR guy containing the choicest Hindi expletives that you could use. For Telugu expletives, read this discussion at Freehyderabad discussion boards.
Now get cracking you b******s! You can thank me later.
P.S: Feel free to share expletives from other languages.