If you are sitting in a friend's office and the F-bomb flies, this is not a big deal. But, you need to be careful about who you use foul language in front of -- don't assume that just because someone is your age, or younger, or you are very familiar with them, that throwing the F-bomb or other foul language is ok. The best thing is to be careful and watch the language.
First, do not curse in an interview! DON'T DO IT! Did you hear me? Don't do it. Just because some of us look young and maybe even hip doesn't mean we think it would be appropriate for you to say shit, or f-bomb or whatever along those lines. Or "the professor screwed me with that grade." This goes to JUDGEMENT...and we will think ... how will this person behave in front of a client?
Case in point, a relatively youthful partner of mine takes great offense when people curse -- in any setting. A person interviewed with her as a lateral. This guy figured they are about the same age and let the f-bomb fly. She complained and let her views known. I don't believe he got hired.
Second, do not curse with clients. Even if you are on very friendly terms, remember this is still an attorney/client relationship. Remember, I told you guys and gals at the very beginning of the blog -- YOU ARE NOT AT HOME. Guard your words.
Case in point, I had a client who is a very religious woman. You wouldn't necessarily know this off the bat, but over the years, I have learned how devoted she is to her religion. She would take offense to cursing.
Overall, just be cautious. That isn't saying you can't be yourself - but keep in mind you are in a professional setting and it is always better to be on the conservative side when it comes to oral and written communications.
We can address the TMI factor in communications in another post.
Hope you have a fun-filled weekend.