It turns out that public profanity among top executives is sensitive to economic conditions, according to a Bloomberg News review of thousands of CEO calls with investors and analysts from 2004 to last month. It spiked in the aftermath of the recession in 2009 and has been decreasing as the recovery gathers steam over the last couple of years…A kind of periodic table of salty words — the F-bomb, the blasphemous GD, the scatalogical S and derogatory term AH — shows that they were used 254 times by top executives in calls during that decade. They appeared 17, 34, 197 and 6 times, respectively. To be sure, a majority of CEOs don’t curse in public. In fact, three account for quite a bit of the graphic language. They are kind of a Cursing Hall of F. Hagedorn, along with Ryanair Holdings Plc Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Leary and Emerson Electric Co. CEO David Farr are the only top executives to use the F-bomb more than once. Hagedorn used that word three times along with the other expletives for a total of 20 swear words. O’Leary followed with five F-bombs among 17 instances, and Farr with two Fs among 10 total that were transcribed. [Bloomberg]

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  1. Posted by Puck It | July 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Ya don't fucking say.

  2. Posted by Lipshitz | July 16, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    You ever pet an aardvark after a tornado?

  3. Posted by Guest | July 16, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    And they call other CEOs "Jerks" during financial crises, tell Frenchies they never understood a word they said during a bad year losing a lot of assets, and they sue the heck out of other CEOs and nations when they lose billions on bad spectrum bets.

  4. Posted by Skweezy Jiblets | July 16, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    This asshole burnt my grandfather's dick off.

  5. Posted by guest | July 16, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    #neverforget

    -vikram

  6. Posted by guest | July 16, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    no, no, I do that on the reg.

    – b gross

  7. Posted by Seriously Confused | July 16, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    I would love to blow my L on those Ts.

    – P. Bretter

  8. Posted by Guest | July 16, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    I think Lynn Tilton takes the cake over Carol Bartz

    "Then there’s the private personality, which isn’t quite so inspirational. People who have worked with or for Tilton—at least, those who aren’t too frightened to talk—describe her as a “terrifying,” “evil” and “tyrannical” boss prone to rage, who once seized a male executive by the collar, dragged him to a mirror to ask what he saw in his reflection and then unleashed a string of expletives. They tell of her gathering employees for an 11 p.m. company meeting on a weeknight to tell everyone she was better, smarter and worked harder than any of them, and to say that they “should feel lucky to be in the presence of greatness.” Tilton’s people have declined to comment on allegations they call “vague,” “sexist attempts to impugn” her “personal and professional reputation.”
    Several former employees, who declined to be named because they’re afraid of being sued, complain that Tilton, 51, uses her sexuality as a blunt instrument.
    Some recall the 50th birthday party Tilton threw for herself at the office, where employees did jello shots off her belly. Others remember an outdoor meeting she held while wearing a revealing bikini at her beach-side home. In a breach of contract suit, former Patriarch managing director Andrzej Wrobel, fired for allegedly stealing, says Tilton “conduct[ed] a work atmosphere so filled with sexual innuendos and river of vulgarities as to create needless job stress, tension, emotional distress and humiliation on the part of the employees in her presence.” These allegations were in a complaint that was stricken on procedural grounds." http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2011/04

  9. Posted by cutandpasste | July 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    that was great, thanks

  10. Posted by CEO Quant | July 16, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    CEOs can only with that in a recession because people are too scared about losing their jobs. In a growth economy, they are too busy at their wine vineyards or smoking doobies while playing bridge online.