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If mine is an American company, I expect the context would be American, and would expect others to be sensitive to my culture. I make every effort to be sensitive to others when I visit theirs.

Tone also matters a lot. And generally, profanity is used in a negative tone. Developers who are constantly negative are like poison and should be removed from a team as quickly as possible.




> And generally, profanity is used in a negative tone.

I'm English.

Profanity is used joyfully. Swearing is fun. Glorious, playful, creative.

See Roger's Profanisaurus for an example.

> tandoori whisper n. Silent, yet exquisitely rancid, burst of wind following an Indian meal.

(http://www.viz.co.uk/profanisaurus.html)

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