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Episode 136: VC hype vs. Wall Street

Oct 22, 2019

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Pardon my (economic) language

Kai Ryssdal Jul 16, 2014
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Apparently, and this kind of stands to reason, the use of profanity by CEOs varies with economic conditions.

Bloomberg actually went through and did a word search of earnings call transcripts for the past 10 years. Profanity peaked in 2010, dipped a bit, shot up again in 2012 and has been declining ever since.

I know you want to know what the words are, but I really need my job.

There’s a chart that’ll give you the details, though:

A screenshot of Bloomberg’s graphic on CEO cursing. For more detail, see the full graphic. (Courtesy of Bloomberg)

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