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(CNN) -- Be it the boss, co-workers, even customers more people say they have a laundry list of reasons to swear on the job. But your foul language could earn you a pink slip.

Even if no one says anything at the time you curse, you could be racking up a record. Word of potty mouths travel fast and employers cite swearing as one reason for firing 38 percent of the time.

"If you can't speak without using inappropriate language, then how professional are you really?" asks Michelle Fish. Fish is CEO of Integra Staffing and says foul language can come across as aggressive and create a hostile working environment.

"You've got to watch your e-mails, you've got to watch the way your speak to people... your co-workers, your bosses, and your clients," says Fish.

Whether you're meeting in the boardroom, chatting down the hallway or even leaning over the cubicle, 51 percent of employees say they have cursed at work but only half of those say they did so in front of their boss.For those that do, it doesn't go unnoticed: 57 percent of employers say they would be less likely to promote potty mouths.

"A lot of times, we use inappropriate language to sort of reinforce what we're saying, and ideally, if we're truly professional, we can find other appropriate words that we can use that are just as intense. There is no good time or place in a work environment to cuss... ever," said Fish.

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