Talkin’ #$*@

So, Goldman Sachs is going to start screening employee e-mail, hunting for words that could come back to haunt them.

They’re not searching for evidence of financial wrongdoing or irresponsibility (I suspect because any e-mail which tries to define a credit default swap would be so boring no one would bother using any of it in a sound byte on television). They’re looking for dirty words, after being quoted a dozen times by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who quoted from one of the company’s e-mails about a “sh***** deal.”

And yes, Goldman Sachs will be searching for incomplete cuss-words that include asterisks.

See NPR’s story here.

If you’re in doubt about what kind of words, four-letter or not, should never be in e-mail, be sure to click on the link to “23 things not to say in e-mail,” at the end of the Goldman story. Sort of reminds me of the late, great George Carlin’s seven words you can’t say on television.

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