Want to put a lid on that dirty mouth? Here's some advice from James O'Connor, president of Cuss Control Academy:
1. Recognize that swearing does damage. Swearing doesn't get you hired, promoted, romantically connected or invited back to anything except maybe the "Jerry Springer Show."
2. Start by eliminating casual swearing. Pretend your sweet little grandmother or your 5-year-old daughter is always next to you.
3. Think positively. A positive mental attitude not only eliminates swearing, it brings contentment and brightens your personality.
4. Practice being patient. If you're stuck in traffic, don't curse--be cool. You have no control over the situation, so use the time productively. Plan the rest of your day or do the thinking you never have time to do.
5. Cope, don't cuss. Consider even the smallest annoyance a challenge, and feel proud of yourself for taking care of it cheerfully and efficiently.
6. Avoid complaining about matters that you and the people with you have no control over. For all other complaints, try to offer rational solutions.
7. Use alternative words. Use your mind, thesaurus, books and clever TV shows to draw up a list of alternatives to nasty words. BS equals: bunk, baloney, balderdash.
8. Make your point politely. Take time to make your point in a mature and convincing manner.
9. Think of what you should have said: Over time these exercises will train you to think and act differently.