Starry solution to your naughty e-mails

Beware! An increasing number of employers are monitoring the e-mail activity of their staff in an attempt to trap them using sexist or racist language.

One consultancy has drawn up a list of offending words that trigger a warning if included in an e-mail. Another has designed a computer program giving individual scores to certain words, with managers alerted if a message contains a certain number of points.

Obviously we are not advocating sending racist, sexist or abusive e-mails in any way whatsoever. But should any of you hedonistic designers wish to include words like sexy, equality, blondie and Essex girl, or even words as atrocious as easy, dumb or legs, in your e-mails, it might be safer to use asterisks instead.

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