CEOs Much More Likely To Throw Out A "Go F*ck Yourself" When Economy Is In The Toilet

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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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