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Profanity in Corporate Earnings Calls Now at Record Highs

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jan 2, 2018

A review of transcripts from corporate earnings calls has found that executives swore more in 2017 than they have in any of the past 10 years, according to Quartz. The review found that this past year saw 125 instances of words not appropriate for print in this publication. The count was in the 80s a decade ago, then gradually reduced until 2011, the cleanest year for corporate earnings calls (there were fewer than 50 incidents). Profanity than grows steadily before a sudden dramatic spike in 2017. It is unknown why executives are swearing more often, though Quartz theorizes it reflects an overall coarseness in public discourse today.