I was deposing a plaintiff. The manager who fired her said that she called him an "a------" when he terminated her. So, I asked her if she said it. She got mad and exclaimed that this word was not in her vocabulary. So, I asked the next most logical question: "Did you say anything like that?"
She rolled her eyes. Then she gave me an even look and said "Well, yes, I called him a m-----------, because anyone can be an a------, but it takes a special person like him to be a m-----------.”
We went to trial (this was before every deposition was videotaped). I asked her on cross-examination if she used salty language. She said no. So, I impeached her — not by saying the word myself, but by having her read the Q and A.
Lesson: If I had used the word, I would have been the potty mouth, not her.