What do you get when you put four academics get together to write about humor?
A 50-page paper that features charts, graphics, squiggly characters — and whole lot of common sense.
The topic, as the title “Analysts’ and Managers’ Use of Humor on Public Earnings Conference Calls states,” focuses on how people who report on and question earnings reports can make light of their subject in ways that heighten understanding.
Here are some examples of humor the authors cited:
“That was a math question, not an essay question.”
“Thanks for re-asking the question … Bill asked such a long question, I’d forgotten that part.”
“I only have 20-30 questions for you.”
“Thank you for calling on me last, so I can ask multiple questions.”…[READ MORE]