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November 28, 2007 / lazybug

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.



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  1. Liju Philip / Nov 28 2007 1:42 pm

    Thanks yaar. Mere boss ki to ab vaat lag gayee… hahahaha

  2. Santhosh / Nov 28 2007 1:47 pm

    bachoon ko bigad raha hain re akhi

  3. Chittaranjan / Nov 28 2007 2:38 pm

    “Boss. Theek Hai?” can be a good starting sentence? Try with a heavier “Th” sound…which wounds similar to “dee” and ensure that “boss” is spelt not with “ss” sound but with a “se” sound


  4. xntricpundits / Nov 29 2007 12:52 pm

    Will it work for the blog posts too?It will generate traffic.
    Interesting read ….
    What the f***?

  5. lazybug / Nov 29 2007 1:10 pm

    I am not sure about that Punditji. Try it out and see. 😉

    BTW, that link did not lead to the legitimate page. Gave an error.

  6. xntricpundits / Nov 29 2007 1:35 pm

    Plz edit the comment.The article is no longer available.Need to remove the snapshot of it on my blog too.
    Add to your every post..agar yahan pe comment nahi kare tho..uski vaat …

  7. Apurv / Nov 30 2007 6:05 pm

    Interesting post.. and blog!

  8. lazybug / Dec 1 2007 12:13 pm

    Thank you Apurv!

  9. sridevi / Dec 3 2007 5:37 pm

    Thanks for this advice..! learnt another trick from you… But, whom should I target with this? !!! ………… :-)) haha…..!

  10. lazybug / Dec 4 2007 4:42 am

    Good question! :mrgreen:

  11. Chittaranjan / Dec 4 2007 5:44 pm

    See today’s ToI supplement – Hyderabad Times :mrgreen:

  12. lazybug / Dec 4 2007 6:21 pm

    Yeah, saw it. Haule logaan. :mrgreen:

  13. Chittaranjan / Dec 4 2007 8:01 pm

    Nai Nai……

    b&%$#*$&%^ bo&^$%#@*#& chu&$^%()#& logaan!


  14. Arul / Dec 5 2007 3:50 am

    Some of our fellow posters in freehyd and fullhyd have not-so0 nice expletives in their blogs’ comments section. Guess they have a lot of traffic too!

  15. lazybug / Dec 5 2007 4:55 am

    Lots of angry traffic. 😉

  16. Arul / Dec 7 2007 2:40 pm

    Angry traffic or doings of a perverted mind!

    I can’t believe those comments in poor Rock’s blog. That too about Gyanster and his family!

  17. lazybug / Dec 8 2007 5:17 am

    I read those comments only after the discussion at freehyd, loney. It’s pathetic. Wonder what gyani has to say about all this.

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