Scrisoare de la Ambasada Canadei în România

To: All Romanian Speaking Staff

Subject: Improper Language Usage

It has been brought to our attention by several officials visiting our office in Romania that offensive language is commonly used by our Romanian speaking staff. Such behavior, in addition to violating our policy, is highly unprofessional and offensive to
both visitors and staff. All personnel will immediately adhere to the following rules:

1. Words like ‘f**ui, în p*** mea’, ‘p***’ and other such expressions will not be tolerated or used for emphasis or dramatic effect, no matter how heated a discussion may become.

2. You will not say ‘si-a bagat p***’ when someone makes a mistake, or ‘s-a cacat pe el’ if you see someone being reprehended, or ‘baga-mi-as’, when a major mistake has been made. All forms and derivations of the verb ‘a se caca’ and ‘a se f***’ are utterly inappropriate and unacceptable in our environment.

3. No project manager, section head or administrator under any circumstances will be referred to as ‘p*** de om’, ‘cacanaru’ ‘or ‘boul’.

4. Lack of determination will not be referred to as ‘p***lau’ nor will persons who lack initiative be referred to as ‘m***ngiu’.

5. Unusual or creative ideas offered by management are not to be referred to as ‘porcarii’.

6. Do not say ‘f***-ti pe mata’ if somebody is persistent; do not add ‘p*** mea’, if a colleague is going through a difficult situation. Furthermore, you must not say ‘am pus-o’ (refer to item 2) nor o ‘sa ne-o traga’ when a matter becomes excessively complicated.

7. When asking someone to leave you alone, you must not say ‘du-te-n p***’ nor should you ever substitute “May I help you?” with, ‘ce p*** mea vrei’?.

8. Under no circumstances should you ever call your elderly industrial partners ‘bosorogi împutiti’.

9. Do not say ‘ia mai mereti-n p*** cu cacatu’ asta’ when a relevant project is presented to you, nor should you ever answer ‘f***-te-n cur’ when your
assistance is required.

10. You should never call partner representatives as ‘boul dracului ‘or t’împitu’ ala’.

11. The sexual behavior of our staff is not to be discussed in terms such as ‘p***ulica buna’, ‘f***ciosu” or ‘ homalau’ lu’ peste’.

12. Last but not least, after reading this note, please do not say ‘ma sterg la cur cu textul asta’. Just keep it clean and dispose of it properly.

Thank you.