Other than eating or drinking, cursing is the most fun thing you can do with your mouth. But why limit yourself to cursing in English when there's a whole world of beautiful curse words out there to use? And while you might imagine most of the f-words in other countries translate to mean some version of "sexual intercourse," you'd be wrong.
Their work included an investigation of words and phrases we use to describe one of our favorite biological pastimes. As anyone watching the news knows firsthand, the way people talk plays a fundamental role in shaping our reality. How we name things can reveal secrets about how we feel, while giving insight into the deeper recesses of our own psychology.
This is an R-rated post. Rough day? Some of my favourite languages are those with really fulfilling and creative ways of telling another person just how much you want them to piss off.
This article isn't explicitly ha meant to promote the use of these expressions, but to arm you with information. While most swear words in English are sexual or have to do with your parentage, German leans more towards the scatological having to do with excrement or feces. Zum Donnerwetter! Damn it!
An earlier version of this article was published in May We're revisiting it in light of the interest awakened by our earlier posts on Spanish words with no direct English translation. Warning: This article contains explicit language that some readers may find objectionable.
My family speaks Hindi and sometime after I learned how to ask for a cup of water, I insisted they teach me how to swear. It was pretty enlightening. This list is courtesy of these wonderfully foul-mouthed sitesas well as people from all over the world who were a little too excited to teach me to curse in their language.
Ah, swear words, what an underestimated subject… Considered rude, but, really, a true necessity of life. True, English is not completely toothless in this respect, but still there is no comparison. The Poles lead by far. Sex related swear words are most useful and most common.
Many words are characterized by dialect. Offensiveness of the profanities is not constant and may vary between regions. Norwegian grammar allows for virtually indefinite combinations of profanities; as is possible in other Germanic languages such as German, words may be combined into compounds.
As millions head abroad on holiday, our correspondents choose the words that for them speak volumes about the countries they love and live in. Fri 27 Jul O ne of the many great things about languages worldwide is the sizeable number of words for which there is no real English translation. Often they tell us about concepts and ideas that we are missing out on in the anglophone world.